ZANESVILLE, Ohio- The proposal for a new Muskingum County Jail was defeated by voters in the November election.
The one mill 30 year bond issue lost by over 2800 votes. Sheriff Matt Lutz said it’s disappointing the levy didn’t pass, the new jail is needed.
“We put a lot of time into it,” said Sheriff Lutz. “There’s a huge need for this, still is. So, (we) go back to the drawing board. We’ll talk to the commissioners and see what they want to do moving forward.”
With the Levy being rejected by voters Sheriff Lutz said there will still be arrest and there will still need to be a place to put those arrested. He said Muskingum County relying on other counties to host people is still going to cost the county money.
“Our numbers aren’t going down by any stretch of the imagination,” said Sheriff Lutz. “We’re pretty full, I think we had like 30 indictments coming out and I think there was only 5 that were actually in jail. There’s 25 more people that we’re going to go look for and try to get off the streets.”
Sheriff Lutz said it’s in the commissioner’s hands to see what other things the Muskingum County Sheriff’s office can and should do.