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Voters in Burleigh Approve to Help Pay for a Joint Jail

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Voters in Burleigh approve to help pay for a joint jail.

The results are mostly in this Primary Election Tuesday.

Burleigh county voters say yes to helping fund a joint jail.

More than nine thousand ballots are cast in Burleigh County.

With 35 of 36 precincts reporting...

The majority votes yes to help build a new joint jail.

Yes 5168

No 3683

Residents of both Burleigh and Morton counties had the opportunity to vote 'yes' or 'no' to a temporary half-cent sales tax that would go toward funding a 70 million dollar joint detention center.


Supporters

say the new center will reduce overcrowding and increase safety for jail staff.

Opponents say a sales tax makes for an expensive project.

"We talked to groups of two and three up to hundreds and I think that was part of the whole drive of it too was people heard the message that we are in dire need of a detention facility," says Burleigh County Sheriff Pat Heinert.

Burleigh County Sheriff Pat Heinert said if it passed sales tax collections could begin as early as October 1st.

He said a recent projection shows the sales tax collection lasting for about 8 to 9 years.

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