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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