NO BAIL FOR JAIL: Oddities combine for one certainty, the $100 million jail sales tax proposal is struggling and in need of a Plan B.
With hardly a grain of sand left in the hourglass in which to influence the ballot language or the minds of voters on the jail issue, Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws suggested to surprised listeners at the Aug. 31 meeting of Bellingham City Council there might still be time to craft a facilities use agreement that would allow COB to join the effort to construct a new jail and Sheriff’s complex near Ferndale. City Council listened and rallied, holding a special session to hammer out an offer with representatives from County Council in attendance. The full City Council completed and approved their offer at their earliest opportunity on Sept. 14, with County Council meeting the following day and presumably able to consider the offer under new business.[…]