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Ballots due back on proposed Lake County Justice Center

Lake County Courthouse
Posted at 3:30 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 20:29:14-05

POLSON — A Criminal Justice-Facilities and Operation Levy request is before Lake County residents and the ballots on the levy due back on Tuesday.

Lake County commissioners are asking voters for $2.5 million annually for a period of 20 years that would be used to expand the jail as well as the Lake County Courthouse.

The current jail, built in the 1920's, has been remodeled twice and currently holds 46 inmates. County commissioners have told MTN News it's been over capacity since the 1980s.

The proposed Lake County Justice Center would have a capacity for approximately 100 inmates, space for medical exams and evaluations, mental health, and chemical dependency evaluation and treatment.

The proposed center would also have a secured kitchen for meal preparation.

The money would also go toward constructing an additional district court room and provide office space for court staff.

The ballots are due back to the Lake County Elections Office by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28.