PAULDING, Oh. (WANE) – Paulding County Jail is hosting an open house for citizens to walk through and see what their taxes will be paying for if a $1.35 million tax levy proposal is approved in November.
The open house will be held on Sunday, October 30 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Paulding County Jail is located at 500 East Perry St.
The Paulding County Jail has been closed since 2008 due to lack of support. Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers has been fighting to reopen the county jail since he took office in 2013, and had proposed the $1.35 million tax levy to appear on the November ballot. Voters will be able to decide whether or not to create the funding to fully re-open the jail.
Landers said a citizen brought up the idea of an open house at one of three public informational meetings he hosted in an effort to share his plans with the community.
“I felt this was an excellent idea and I hope everyone who might be undecided about where they stand regarding the additional tax levy to hire the additional jobs it takes to this place will come take a tour and ask questions,” Landers said in a press release. “I believe folks will be shocked to see this facility has been sitting empty and unused for 8 years.”
As of 2008, Paulding County has outsourced their jail needs to Putnam County, which is an hour away. According to Landers, this is costing the county hundreds of thousands of dollars. Landers has said that if his levy does pass in November he will stop trying to re-open the jail, and will likely try to sell the property.
If anyone has questions or comments regarding the jail, contact the Sheriff’s Office at 419-399-3791. Alternatively, you can leave information via the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page. For more information, visit the Paulding County Sheriff’s website, where you may leave an email for Sheriff Landers.