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      Polk County moves forward with jail tax plan

      MENA, Ark. (AP) - Polk County officials are moving forward with a sheriff's sales tax proposal to pay for a new jail.

      The county's quorum court has approved Sheriff Mike Godfrey's plan to seek a 1-percent sales tax to build a 100-bed county jail.

      The county will work with a planning and development organization to seek bids for builders to present to city officials for final approval.

      Godfrey says a new jail is needed because the current facility no longer meets state requirements. He says it's likely the tax would not be ready for a vote in the November general election.

      The Southwest Times Record reports (http://bit.ly/1ruzKtR ) if the tax isn't ready then, the quorum court would have to decide to seek a special election or wait until next November.

      Information from: Southwest Times Record, http://www.swtimes.com/

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