Janet Barber

Grove Sun

JAY – A special meeting of the Delaware County Public Facilities Authority held Thursday morning recessed early due to a lack of financial information needed before the trust could move forward with its decision regarding the pending proposal of a jail facility addition.

In the meeting held June 2, Delaware County Sheriff Jay Blackfox was asked to produce a budget needed for a 60-100 bed facility and the trust would meet when those figures were presented to the commissioners. During Thursday’s meeting, Rick Smith of Municipal Finance Services, the county’s financial advisor, said he thought he would be able to present the new numbers to the trust today, but was unable to make that deadline.

Grove City Manager Bruce Johnson asked the board if they were still shooting for an August election to pass a sales tax increase to fund the new facility. No answer was forthcoming when he offered advice to the trust that they not put the matter on the August election as the city of Grove had a proposition on that ballot and he felt the trust would “want to keep as many Grove people away as possible.”

In the past three elections, sales tax increase proposals that would have funded new jail facilities were defeated in a large part due to Grove voters, 75 percent of who voted against the proposals.

Smith told Ken Crowder, chairman of the trust, that he would have the figures available next week.

The trust opted to recess Thursday’s meeting and reconvene on Wednesday, July 16 at 9 a.m. in the commissioners’ office of the Delaware County Courthouse.