Mercer County officials are asking residents to decide the fate of a 0.5 percent countywide sales tax that would be used to build a new $12 million, 100-bed jail west of Celina.
The current jail, built in 1939, is badly outdated and generally overcrowded, Sheriff Jeff Grey said. The old facility poses safety risks to inmates and jail staff. The old lockup also is so out of step with modern jail standards that the county risks a lawsuit by continuing to use the facility, he said. [More]