HAMILTON - “I know they have to have a jail and if you make it a vote of the people, they still have to have a jail,” said Don Barnwell, former Marion County District 3 commissioner and current Hackleburg town councilman, when asked by the Journal Record about a potential one-cent sales tax vote.
On Wednesday, July 24, the Marion County Commission held a special meeting in which Scott Hunt presented funding options for the new Marion County Jail.
One of the options mentioned was a one-cent sales tax to which commissioner Kenneth Cochran stated that the decision should be made by the people of Marion County.
In 1991, Barnwell was a part of a decision to allow the residents of the county to decide whether or not a one-cent tax was implemented to help save Marion County Schools from closing.
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