CANYON COUNTY -- For the third time Canyon County voters said no to a bond that would provide addition funds for a new jail.
The measure that would have provideda $46 million bond would go to building a new jail complete with space for counseling, drug abuse classes, anger management classes and sex offender classes.
The bond needed a supermajority of 66 2/3 percent to pass. Only 43 percent of voters approved the measure.
Canyon County Sheriff Chris Smith says the new jail was essential to prevent overcrowding. Currently, the county is forced to farm out inmates and pay rent.
We started dealing with overcrowding conditions three years after the jail was opened. We have been dealing with it ever since. We are used to it but its getting expensive now. The situation with the consent decree and paying other counties to hold our inmates, said Smith.
By comparison, the last time the bond went before voters it won 58 percent approval.
Election officials say there were 14,590 votes cast. The results are unofficial until county officials certify the results.