Itasca County voters approve 1% sales tax to pay for new Justice Center

A pod in the new Itasca County Jail in Grand Rapids, MN.
A pod in the new Itasca County Jail in Grand Rapids, MN.(Lukas Walls)
Published: Nov. 9, 2022 at 10:06 AM CST
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ITASCA COUNTY, MN-- Itasca County voters heading to the polls Tuesday approved a countywide sales tax to pay for the county’s new $75 million Justice Center.

County residents voted for a 1% sales tax on items like retail goods and rentals by 60% to 40% of the vote Tuesday.

That money collected will help repay $75 million dollars in bonds to pay for the new criminal justice center, which is currently being built in downtown Grand Rapids.

Since the measure passed, a 10% property tax increase that was slated to take effect in 2024 will not be needed.

Plans for the new criminal justice center were created after the state sent a letter to the county after the Minnesota Department of Corrections said the current jail did not meet health and safety standards.