The Project -- Upgrade Linn County Government Facilities

Linn County officials have been aware of the need to address issues with the Sheriff’s department and jail for a number of years. Architects and engineers have evaluated current conditions, and in light of the cost of repairs, inadequate size and renovations required to meet codes, it has become increasingly apparent that it is time to comprehensively address Linn County Government Facility’s needs.

The Linn County Commissioners and Sheriff have been working with a Citizens Advisory Group for several months to give citizens additional opportunity for input. Elected officials and public opinion are in favor of a cost effective approach to addressing all of the County Government Facilities needs at the same time. Because voters are being asked to approve a sales tax to help pay for the needed improvements, the County is presenting information upon which to base a decision. Please contact us with questions.


THE NEED

Sheriff's Offices and Jail

The existing Detention facility was originally constructed in 1978, partially renovated (updated) in 2006 and presents deficiencies similar to other facilities built 40 years ago. It is plagued by conditions that cannot be cost-effectively addressed:
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PROPOSED SOLUTION

Linn County has been resourceful over the years in adapting existing buildings to accommodate expanding functions and growth. County officials and citizens reviewing overall facility utilization feel that it is time to comprehensively address current and future needs to meet space requirements, comply with standards and codes, save energy and provide for the safety of prisoners, citizens and personnel.
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THE PROPOSED SALES TAX

40% of the revenue generated by a sales tax in Linn County comes from nonresidents and tourism. This is the source of funding that citizens on the committee and in public hearings indicated that they would prefer.
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Latest News

What is happening with the new justice and government centers? Get the latest official information here.

Sales Tax Proposal Has Passed

It is so exciting that the sales tax proposal has passed. The final votes were 2772 for the sales tax and 861 against. Thanks to everyone who voted in the election. We can’t wait to update this website with the next steps in the project.

Renderings of the proposed Justice Center

We have renderings from the architect for the proposed Justice Center.  Check them out and let us know what you think.  The parking lot in the front is where the current Courthouse Annex is located.  The whitish buildings in some of the drawings represent the current car wash and storage units next to the...