Ingham county officials push for $70 million justice millage

Posted at 8:47 AM, Jul 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-31 08:47:09-04

Next Tuesday many Mid-Michigan voters will have to decide on a $70 million Justice Complex Millage.

Monday night Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth hosted an informational forum about the millage but there wasn't much of a turn out.

FOX 47's Cryss Walker was there to see only one person show up to the meeting.

Sheriff Wriggelsworth says the current jail has a number of issues which includes technology disadvantages, safety concerns, and structural challenges.

“We've got an old linear style jail where we've got very limited site vision on inmates when they're in here, it's very dangerous for our deputies to work in”, said Sheriff Wriggelsworth.”

Ingham county officials say the millage will costs owners of a $100,000 home approximately $43 a year for 20 years.

“We're bleeding money”, said Ingham County Jail Correctional Administrator Major Darrin Southworth.

“In 2017, we had nearly 2,500 fix-it-tickets to our facilities management.”

Repairs that county officials say are exhausting the budget.

“This facility has been open 365-days-a-year, 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week, every minute of every day since the early ‘60s. It’s old”, Major Southworth continued.

FOX 47 also spoke with people off-camera who say they are against the justice complex proposal.

Some people say they're already paying for an education millage, while others say they just don't have the money to support it.

Residents who support the millage told News 10 that they will vote in favor of it to help the county in the long-run.

The Ingham County Justice Millage will be on the ballot Tuesday August 7th.

On election night, we'll have full coverage of the big statewide races, plus results from the many races and ballot items here in Mid-Michigan.