Lafourche sheriff proposes tax for $30M jail

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Associated Press

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Lafourche Parish voters will decide May 3 whether to levy a sales tax to pay for a new jail.

Sheriff Craig Webre has proposed a new 0.2 percent sales tax to build and operate a new 600-bed, $30 million jail.

Webre tells The Daily Comet (http://bit.ly/1h0M41P) he filed the proposal last week with the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office.

The Parish Council has debated how to pay for a new jail since 2009. In November, Lafourche voters rejected the council's proposal to transfer part of the parish library's property tax to build a new jail.

Webre says the existing jail, built in 1968 and expanded in 1977, is in poor condition and suffers from chronic overcrowding.

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Information from: Daily Comet, http://www.dailycomet.com

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