The Knox County Council has set a public hearing for Thursday, October 24th on a two-tenths of a cent increase in the Local Income Tax. The funds would be dedicated to use in expanding the facilities controlled by the Knox County Jail.
Knox County Sheriff Doug Vantlin appeared before Council requesting a new addition that would almost double the current Jail capacity. Currently, the Jail is over its bed capacity, with 268 inmates in the facility. Some of those are federal prisoners, which Sheriff’s officials house for 50 dollars per inmate per day.
The public hearing, and possible Council approval, has to happen by October 31st for the added tax to be put in place on January first of next year. If it is passed after the end of October, it could not be added until October first of 2020. At last night’s session, many of the Councilmen spoke in favor of the issue. Councilman Tim Crowley also requested consideration of an expanded Work-Release Center to reduce a backlog of people waiting to get into the program.
Council believes any Jail expansion project must be paid with a bond issue. However, they hope funds from housing extra federal prisoners would also help to meet the expansion cost.
The public hearing is tenatively set for five p-m on October 24th in the Council chambers at Vincennes City Hall.