George Hiotis

Jail Levy Not On November Ballot

by George Hiotis on October 20, 2015 at 2:53 am

The November General Election is two weeks away and there is one thing you won’t see on the ballot. The issue to build a new jail in Muskingum County will not be decided by voters next month. In August, Sheriff Matt Lutz and the County Commissioners announced plans to place a 20 year 1.2 mill levy on the ballot to pay for the new facility. At the time, it was thought that the 25 million dollars raised would pay for the jail, but Sheriff Lutz says some secondary costs turned up and there was some concern there would not be enough money to pay for the project. Lutz says he’s hoping to try a levy at a future undetermined time when they gather more data and more accurate pricing.