With the final tally still to come, it would appear Ingham County voters have given the green light to a millage request that would fund a new county jail and associated administration buildings.
With 97 percent of the vote counted the “Yes” votes led by a 55 percent to 45 percent margin.
The proposed tax rate is 0.85 mills, which means the owner of a home with a taxable value of $100,000 would pay an additional $85 each year.
This millage would be on the books for twenty years and would raise about $6.2 million in the first year.
The largest portion of the money raised during the life of the millage would pay for the construction of a new justice complex in Mason.
The price tag on the entire project is estimated to be about $71 million.
Of that total, about $37 million would be spent on building a new Ingham County jail. The remainder will be spent on administrative offices, court facilities and other construction needs.
The current jail has been in constant use since it was built in 1964 and maintenance costs are climbing each year, according the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office officials.
Construction is expected to begin in spring of 2020 with completion as early at 2021.