Clatsop County wants to turn the former North Coast Youth Correctional Facility in Warrenton into an expanded county jail.

Clatsop County wants to turn the former North Coast Youth Correctional Facility in Warrenton into an expanded county jail.

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Clatsop County may impose a lodging tax to help pay for personnel costs at a new jail in Warrenton.

Voters in November will decide on a $20 million bond to turn the former North Coast Youth Correctional Facility into an expanded jail. County commissioners on Wednesday will discuss a 1 percent lodging tax to help cover personnel costs, including additional deputies, a nurse and mental health experts.

The rationale is that visitors comprise a significant number of inmates at the jail — an estimated 27 percent don’t live in the county — and should help shoulder the cost of the jail expansion.

The 1 percent tax would generate $1.4 million annually in revenue for the county and cities, according to county estimates. The tax would be in addition to a 9.5 percent lodging tax the county already imposes, as well as lodging taxes set by the state and cities.

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