Lucas Co. asks residents for new jail

Lucas County is asking residents for a new jail on the November ballot (Stock image/WNWO).

Lucas County commissioners and the Lucas County Sheriff's Office are asking residents of Toledo to approve funding for a new jail.

"I think it's important to just be clear...the people of Lucas County need a new facility," said Lt. Matt Luettke with the Lucas County Sheriff's Office.

The current Lucas County Corrections Center opened in 1977 and according to a report by the city, immediately faced overcrowding issues.

"It's not a safe or humane place to house the inmates that we have (the) responsibility for so I think it's critical the new jail be built as soon as possible," said Lt. Luettke.

On Monday Lucas County commissioners passed a resolution to place a 1.9 mill property tax levy on the ballot in November to build the $145 million facility.

Commissioner Carol Contrada voted in favor of it, saying this gives the county the ability to plan for the future.

"More than 50 percent of the levy goes to construction of the jail and when the bond is paid off...and we have every reason to believe we would pay it off before 37 years, that falls of the property tax bill," said Contrada.

If approved, ground breaking would take place about 12 months after approval.

"We have secured options on about 30 acres on Angola and it is in an area that is surrounded by heavy industry...a little bit of commercial but is basically vacant land," said Contrada.

Contrada says the current jail would be demolished after the transition was made to the new one.

However, some residents are upset that a jail is being proposed in their neighborhood.

"We are like, wow, our household alone has had 43 kids come through it and we have 15 in the house...our neighborhood has too many kids for a jail to be posted right here," said Earnestine Jones who lives in the proposed location for the new jail.

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