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Northern Idaho voters get another say on jail

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - Voters in northern Idaho's Kootenai County will get another say on a proposed jail expansion in two ballot measures presented Tuesday.

One of the measures for the $57 million expansion proposal is a general obligation bond; the other is for a half-cent local sales tax option to repay the bond.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Commissioner Todd Tondee says that without the expansion, the county will have to raise property taxes to continue shipping inmates to out-of-county facilities.

Voters have twice turned down jail expansion measures in recent years, including a $145 million proposal last year and a $50 million expansion in 2005.

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