Well, all of those smart (dumb) people who voted to shoot down the sales tax for the St. Clair County Jail construction got their way, for now. However, I am sure when the U.S. Department of Jails tells the county that it needs to build a new, updated jail to replace the current facility due to overcrowding, guess where the money will come from? A property tax increase. All the landlords will pass it on to their renters because they are not going to fall on a sword for all of the dummies on top of the hill in O'Fallon, Shiloh, Fairview Heights, etc.
I figure a new, modern criminal justice center will cost St. Clair County approximately $100 million and will require 700 beds.
James J. Harrigan