Many Douglas County residents want to vote separately on jail, mental health projects; there’s a way, but county unlikely to go there

…about the pending sales tax election for a $44 million jail expansion and an $11 million mental health crisis center. Some members of the public really want to have two questions: one for the jail component and one for the mental health component.

Thus far, it looks like voters will get one all-or-nothing vote. There’s been talk of a special mail-in ballot this spring, but county commissioners will discuss that more at their meeting on Wednesday. The last we heard from the county was that splitting the questions couldn’t happen because the special state legislation allowing for a Douglas County sales tax vote wasn’t written in that manner. Getting state lawmakers to change the legislation at this hour would be too uncertain, county officials have said.

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