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Criminal Justice Complex Information Events Planned

KSAL Staff - October 14, 2014 7:18 am

A couple of informational presentations about the proposed Criminal Justice Complex ballot issue are planned. They will take place next week.

Both will be on Wednesday, October 22nd.

The first will be in the afternoon, at the Salina Senior Center. The presentation by Saline County Sheriff’s Captain Roger Soldan is scheduled for 1:30 pm in the dining room of the Salina Senior Center, 245 N. Ninth. The presentation is open to the public at no charge.

Later in the evening on October 22nd a public forum is planned. It will be from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Sam’s Chapel in Pioneer Hall on the campus of Kansas Wesleyan University. There will be a 30 to 45 minute presentation on the need for the complex, with the remaining time used to answer questions from the public about the proposed 1/2 cent tax ($46.5 million dollar budget) that is on the ballot in November. In addition to the Sheriff, there will be representatives from Community Corrections, the Saline County Attorney’s Office, the District Court, and the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee.

If approved by voters in the November 4, 2014, election, a special half-cent sales tax would go to fund the project, which would include additional jail space as well as space for District Court facilities, the County Attorney’s Offices, Community Corrections, and parking. The facility would be built on the site of the current Saline County Jail.