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Burleigh/Morton Joint Jail Discussed at Forum

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The voters' decision on paying for a multi-million dollar joint-jail for Burleigh and Morton Counties is less than a week away, and there's a vote in both counties on a home rule charter, which in Burleigh County's case, would authorize the county commission to implement a half percent sales tax increase. In Morton County, voters will have a say on the sales tax issue.

In either situation, the intent is to keep the tax increase in place until the counties raise enough money to pay off construction of the jail, and then end it. And community members who spoke at this forum say they don't mind the increase, as long as everyone works together.

"The reality is when you have a larger population coming in and you need something, everybody needs to to work together to get that," says Bismarck resident, Barbara Andrist. "The statistic that was given tonight is that we're also helping other regional facilities as well. People come, it's a community effort and I think the community needs to get behind that."

Nina Carter has been following this story since day one, so she will have more next week on the sales tax vote outcome.

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