HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - Voters denied the Houghton County jail addition bond proposal yesterday by a slim margin. 51 percent of voters said no to the 0.75 mill proposal, a majority by only 409 votes.
The Houghton County Sheriff says with no jail improvements in sight, officers will continue to do their jobs despite overcrowding. He says they may have to send inmates out of the county to ensure officer safety. However, he adds that the slim margin on the vote is encouraging.
"I think that is a major turn in the argument. They do realize there is something there. We just can't seem to agree on what it is going to take to solve it. I think if there were another way of financing it, it would be much more palatable and easier to do. That doesn't take away the need for it. The need is still there," said Sheriff Brian McLean.
The sheriff adds they will continue to work with commissioners to find a long-term solution.