Sales tax concern

Dear Editor:
I am really concerned about the 1 cent sales tax increase for the new justice center on the November ballot. Some people are saying “We don’t need a new jail. The one we have is just fine.” I guess they don’t realize that we don’t have a jail right now. Our county is housing our inmates in Durango at the cost of $53.64 a day per inmate. That doesn’t consider the two deputies that are not protecting us because they are transporting inmates every single day and sometimes two times a day. What really concerns me is the liability should there be an accident in route to or from Durango. Archuleta County could be sued by the inmate because we aren’t supposed to be transporting inmates, as per Colorado state law.

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This story was posted on September 7, 2017.