Voters Reject Jail Levy

Columbia County voters have rejected Measure 5-234, the Levy for Jail Operations.

With 100% of precincts counted, the unofficial results from the Special Election on Tuesday November 5 was 41.70% in support of the levy and 58.30% against.

“On one hand, we are disappointed tonight in the results of the election, on the other hand, the voters have clearly made their collective will known,” said Columbia county Sheriff Jeff Dickerson.  “This result brings us to decision time at the County, and I will be meeting as soon as possible with the Board of Commissioners to chart our path forward. Thank you to all who continue to support our mission—whether or not you voted or didn’t vote for this levy. We are here to serve at your pleasure, and will continue to do the best we can with the resources committed to our care.”

Measure 5-234 was the only item on the ballot for Columbia County voters.  Total voter turnout was 42.7 %.