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Portage County Commissioners approve sales tax increase
The tax increase will go into effect January 1st of next year
by WKSU's LAUREN BLUE


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Chandler says the heroin epidemic in Portage County has resulted in prison overcrowding and a need for a drug rehabilitation program.
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Portage County Commissioners have approved a quarter-percent sales tax hike that will go into effect starting next year. The increase will be used to fund expansion of the women’s wing in the county jail and creation of a drug rehabilitation program.

Kathleen Chandler is the Vice President of the Portage County Board of Commissioners. She says the heroin epidemic in Portage County has resulted in prison overcrowding, and the sales tax increase is necessary to fund the expansion.

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“We’ve been using what’s called boats, they’re like plastic beds that are put on the floor. This is not meeting state standards for housing prisoners," Chandler says. 

Chandler says the funds will be a separate line-item in the budget specifically for criminal justice, and expenditures will be posted online. 


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