Sixty-one percent of countywide voters turned down the $80 million jail bond issue in 2004.
County commissioners think they know more than we do, so built the jail without our permission.
Now they are stuck with a jail with no money to operate it.
The sheriff wants a new jail study – probably to study how to pass a tax increase to operate the jail.
Criticism of the overbuilt state Data Center has coined a new prase – “willful blindness.” Willful blindness means politicians who are aware of a program, but don’t pay attention to it or supervise it – like the new jail.
Were county commissioners aware of jail construction problems, or was it willful blindness – like when I told them about three years ago there would be no money to operate the jail?
Like women inmates will be held in the Lewis County jail. Like additional units must be built to house all classes of inmates. Like whether the new jail meets national correction facilities standards. Like unannounced meetings of the county Law and Justice Committee on the jail.
Until commissioners answer these willful blindness questions, until corrections are made to the new jail, and especially until we the people are finally involved in jail planing and decision making, I will oppose any tax increase to operate the new jail.
With major federal and state budget deficits, national debt, the dollar dropping in value, and expected double digit inflation, it is the right thing to do.