Bob Cirtin

Bob Cirtin
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Greene County officials are making their case for passage of a ½-cent sales tax proposal before voters in November.

Presiding Commissioner Bob Cirtin shared details of the measure at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning Springfield event Thursday. Earlier this week, the county released an itemized breakdown of how it would allocate the funding, if approved.

Greene County Courthouse
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Greene County voters will decide a ½-cent sales tax proposal in November in order to expand the jail facility and shore up justice system inefficiencies.

Commissioners approved the ballot item Monday. They say the new tax, if passed by voters, would generate more than $25.5 million a year. The measure would also expand other services like animal control and mental health.

Temporary jail facility
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Greene County says it expects a temporary jail facility to open this November in order to house an influx of inmates and reduce the costs of transporting them elsewhere.

Greene County Commissioners announced Wednesday they finalized a lease last week for the temporary structure. It will be located next to its existing jail, which has a capacity of 601 inmates.

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The Greene County Sheriff’s Office will once again accept municipal prisoners after the county and city of Springfield reached a jail agreement, ending a more than two-year impasse.

Presiding Commission Bob Cirtin made the announcement during a press conference Friday afternoon.

“The Greene County Commission and the Sheriff’s Office has reached an agreement with the city of Springfield to once again accept Springfield municipal prisoners and to help us manage the jail,” said Cirtin.

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Greene County is asking the City of Springfield to contribute funds to construct and lease a new, temporary building to house inmates.

The facility would be built on a current parking lot just east of the jail at 933 N. Robberson.  Greene County Commissioner Bob Cirtin said the temporary jail, which would be considered maximum security, would have up to 130 beds with 20 of those designated for violators arrested on municipal charges.  The city is being asked to provide $1 million for three years.

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