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Oklahoma County Officials Wait For Federal Word On Possible Jail Tax Hike

Oklahoma County

Leaders in Oklahoma County are awaiting feedback from the Department of Justice on whether the agency will force a tax increase to pay for improvements to the county jail.

District 3 Commissioner Ray Vaughn says the county informed the department they've done all they can to improve conditions at the lockup without any new funding from a tax increase.

Vaughn tells The Journal Record that the commission sent a letter updating the federal government shortly before the shutdown Oct. 1. The county has not yet received a response.

Officials say the Justice Department can file suit ordering the county to pay for the improvements within three years. Officials say that would amount to a property tax increase of about $226 on a $100,000 home in the first year alone.

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