Lucas Co. Jail Bond Issue Heads to Ballot

(Toledo, OH) A bond issue for a new Lucas County jail is expected to go on the fall ballot today. 

Lucas County Commissioners want voters to approve a $185 million bond issue in November to finance the new county lock-up, along with a behavioral health assessment center. County commissioners and the sheriff have been touting what could be called a corrections campus, with all inmate services needed in one location-- including mental health and drug addiction assistance on site. 

The 37-year bond issue would put the Lucas County jail in the middle of a North Toledo neighborhood where opponents don't want what they call a safety hazard and a drain on property values. 

One organized group is hoping to force a voter referendum to keep a county jail in downtown Toledo instead, closer to the courts.

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