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Wednesday, 19 March 2014 03:23
There won't be any relief for overcrowding at two metro-east jails after voters in two counties reject proposed tax increases to fund jail expansion. A 0.25 percent sales tax increase to fund a $37 million expansion of the St. Clair County Jail was rejected by more than two-thirds of voters yesterday. By a 2-1 margin, Madison County voters rejected a bond-finance plan to pay for nearly $19 million in renovations to bring their jail up to code.
Meanwhile, Fairview Heights residents overwhelmingly approved an 85 cent property tax increase in order to save the two elementary schools in the Grant School District. School officials had warned they would have to dissolve the district without the increase, sending about 680 students to neighboring districts.
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