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Repeal of jail consolidation law moves forward

by Scott Thistle, State Politics Editor Sun Journal June 24, 2015

AUGUSTA — The Maine House on Tuesday passed a bill that returns control of county jails to the counties.

The bill, LD 186, repeals a 2007 law change that aimed to consolidate the operations of the state's 15 county jails with the Maine Department of Corrections through a unified state Board of Corrections.

The bill passed on a vote of 131-14. It includes about $15 million in state funding and the partial removal of a property-tax cap placed on counties.

The new cap would be limited to 3 percent of any property-value growth in the county. Counties without any valuation growth would be unable to raise taxes to help cover increasing jail costs.

Tuesday's votes follow nearly five months of debate and negotiations over how jails should be funded and who should have the final say on their operations.


County ratifies deputies' contract, boosts pay

by Christopher Crosby, Staff Writer Sun Journal June 17, 2015

PARIS — The Oxford County Commission has ratified a new three-year contract with sheriff's deputies that boosts pay and tweaks their working relationship, ending more than three years of occasionally contentious negotiations.