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Polk County moves forward with jail tax plan

By The Associated Press

This article was published July 28, 2014 at 8:26 a.m.

MENA — Polk County officials are moving forward with a sheriff's sales tax proposal to pay for a new jail.

The county's quorum court has approved Sheriff Mike Godfrey's plan to seek a 1 percent sales tax to build a 100-bed county jail.

The county will work with a planning and development organization to seek bids for builders to present to city officials for final approval.

Godfrey said a new jail is needed because the current facility no longer meets state requirements. He said it's likely the tax would not be ready for a vote in the November general election.

The Southwest Times Record reported that if the tax isn't ready then, the quorum court would have to decide to seek a special election or wait until next November.

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