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Scaled-back jail expansion would still require tax hike

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - A northeast Mississippi County is considering a scaled-down jail expansion and renovation, after shooting down a much larger plan over the summer.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that Lee County supervisors on Monday discussed an $8 million plan to add 100 beds to the jail's current 200, and also add medical facilities, secure cells for mentally ill prisoners, and a laundry room. Some renovation of the current jail would also be included.

Supervisor Phil Morgan says a small property tax increase would be needed to pay for the project.

Officials earlier rejected a plan for a new 600-bed jail estimated to cost $51 million. Lee County and cities began cutting pre-trial detainees after the plan was rejected, but supervisors caution that the existing jail remains in poor condition.

Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com

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