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Whatcom County eyes sales tax for new jail

Surveys calls for smaller lockup

Five metal bunkbeds crowd a dark room in a jail.
Around a dozen inmates sleep and live in a windowless room that was once the indoor recreation space at the Whatcom County Jail. The county council will consider placing a sales tax on the November ballot to pay for a new jail, along with behavioral health services. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
By Ralph Schwartz Staff Reporter
Whatcom County leaders have landed on a sales tax as a way to fund a new jail and behavioral health

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