The Mysterious State of the Whatcom County Jail / NorthwestCitizen, Tip Johnson

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Mon, Oct 26, 2015, 2:57 pm Tip Johnson

This election, featuring a huge jail tax proposition, has seen much talk about the “dilapidated” jail that is “literally falling apart.”  In a questionable jail mailer Sheriff Elfo cites, “severe and unsustainable conditions within the jail that jeopardize staff, visitors and inmates.”

This begs the obvious: Why has the jail not been fixed after taxpayers approved a sales tax to do so?  According to a letter from Elfo to County Executive Jack Louws on April 22, 2015, Elfo says, “it would be imprudent to invest major capital to remodel and continue utilizing a facility” described as “inadequate, failing and dangerous.”  That makes their 2004 jail tax campaign look like a bait and switch.  And when was that decision made?  By whom? Does Elfo really have the authority to overturn the electorate’s intentions? […]

Read Tip’s complete article on NorthwestCitizen here.

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