Jail tax meetings, decision looms
By By Joe Baker, Senior Editor
By Joe Baker
The Winnebago County Board, on Aug. 8, will decide whether to place a proposed one percent sales tax referendum on the November ballot. The plan was approved by two county board committees last week. Final action on the matter is not scheduled until Aug. 22.
The board has set three public informational meetings to outline the countys plans for a new jail with an estimated price tag of $130 million.
The first of these sessions is set for 7 p.m. this Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the University of Illinois School of Medicine, 1601 Parkview Ave.
The other two meetings are planned for Aug. 13 and 14. The former will be at Hononegah High School in Rockton and the latter at Winnebago High School in Winnebago. Both meetings will be at 7 p.m. Interested members of the public may attend any of these meetings.
According to Judy Barnard, the countys Master Plan Committee has been working with consultant Mark Goldman for two years to determine the physical, staffing and program needs of the countys criminal justice system for the next 25 years.