Voters head to the polls to decide how to fund the new Beltrami County Jail


November 8, 2023

BEMIDJI — Beltrami County residents flocked to the polls for Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 7, with many residents having just one item on their ballot: a choice on how to fund a new jail for the county.

The options presented include funding the jail through property taxes or a local options sales tax, with the full ballot language reading:

“The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners has voted to construct a new County Jail at an estimated cost of $80 million. Taxpayers have a choice as to how to fund the project. Shall Beltrami County establish a five-eighths of one percent (.625%) sales and use tax to pay for constructing and financing the new jail?


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