Saline County voters will decide whether or not they want to create a new criminal justice center when they fill out their ballots this November.
A half-cent sales tax increase over 15 years would raise the $46 million for the project. It would put the sheriff’s office, police department, courts, community corrections, and the county attorney’s office all in one area by adding to the current jail complex. The sheriff says a key to getting the measure passed is raising awareness.
“If you had no idea what we are trying to do and why we are trying to do it, are you going to vote yes,” Sheriff Glen Kochanowski said. “Of course not, because you want to know what it is and why it is we have to do what we are recommending.”
The sheriff says his campaign will ramp up in September. They plan on holding community meetings throughout the county as well as using social media.
Kochanowski says that the consultant they’ve been using predicted that they may be able to raise the money before the 15-year timeline. He said, in the past, the county has ended the additional taxes when they meet their goal for a project.