JACKSON COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) — A millage to replace the Jackson County Jail was struck down by voters Tuesday night.
The jail was built in the 1950s and now decades later the sheriff’s department says it’s showing it’s age.
“Everything is literally falling apart at the seams,” said Jackson County Sheriff Gary Schuette.
Voters in Jackson County convincingly said no on the millage. With 100% of the votes in, ‘no’ leads ‘yes’ 59-41.
“We knew that it was going to be an herculean task to convince the voters in the short window of time that we had since this was placed on the ballot to pass this proposal,” said Schuette.
The department says they had 90 days to put together the proposal for the new jail. For now, they will do what they can to make repairs.
“I believe that we are going to be ok, but we still need to figure out a way to get out of the current situation that we are in because we are just one disaster away from things not being ok,” said Schuette.
Sheriff Schuette says there will be no cuts to his department, adding he’s still hopeful a new jail will come in the future.
“I don’t think that this is over. We need to look at other options on how we can fund this facility.”