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Grant County Sheriffs Office to hold online public meeting regarding new location for county jail

- Ephrata, WA

On February 22, 2021 at 3:00pm, the Grant County Sheriffs Office will hold a public meeting for the proposed location for a new jail. The meeting will be held on a WebEx type virtual meeting. The information is below if you would like to attend. Please note the event number and event password to attend.

On July 24th of 2019 the Grant County Sheriffs Office proposed in a Moses Lake city council meeting a 0.3% law and justice sales tax increase to help fund a new jail to replaced the cramped older jail currently behind the Grant County courthouse in Ephrata north of Moses Lake. In the new approved o.3% law and justice sales tax increase 60% of the new tax increase money that is held by the county and the rest of the 40% will be dispersed to the City of Moses Lake and it's surrounding towns and in Northern Grant County. When proposed Tom Dent said that the new 0.3 % tax increase is estimated to bring in about $5.5 million to $6 million annually, breaking down to between $3.3 million and $3.6 million to the county and $2.2 million to $2.4 million distributed to the cities. Here in Moses Lake, the tax would bring in roughly $1 million annually.

Estimated proposed annual revenue distribution by city (Moses Lake metro):

  • Moses Lake: $960,000-$1 million

  • Ephrata: $330,000-$360,000

  • Soap Lake: $65,000-$70,000

  • Quincy: $308,000-$336,000

  • Warden: $112,000-$122,000

  • Royal City: $90,000-$99,000