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Columbia County Elections

Posted on 30th April 2014 at 15:45

Ballots go out to voters in Columbia County today, who are being asked to decide on the fate of the Columbia County Jail, along with other measures. Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson is once again looking for money to operate the jail in St. Helens, reporting that the facility will close on June 30th without this levy. Dickerson is going to voters for a three-year, $7 million levy, which would help to pay for the operation of 100 beds. The levy would help pay for six additional corrections officers and a supervisor, along with constitutionally-required food, clothing, management and health care for inmates. Dickerson says that if the levy fails, the jail would close June 30, and then they would rent 10 beds from Polk County in Dallas. Also on the May 20th ballot is a $15 million bond from Columbia River Fire and Rescue, money that would go to pay for equipment acquisition and upgrades, station improvements and refinancing of other debt. Several county positions are also on the ballot. Those ballots must be returned by May 20th to be valid for counting.