Oxford County, Maine

Commissioners Okay new    contract for deputies

County,  state to overhaul    courthouse

County okays gravel    extraction in Albany basin

Lawmakers struggle with    jail control, funding issues

Jail gets perfect inspection    score from state

Christina McAllister named    Deputy of the Year

Enacted 2015 county budget

County considers closing    regional Airport

Cost to restore jail to full    time pegged at $1.4 million

Commissoners 2015 meeting    schedule

 911 dispatch - the glue    that  binds emergency    services

County tax levy by towns

Founding father of prohibition honored
Patricia Shearman, the Oxford County Register of Deeds east, holds a picture of one-time Maine Senate President Noah Prince inside the Maine State House in Augusta. The photo was added to a wall of past Senate presidents outside the Senate chambers on Tuesday. Prince, from Buckfield, helped Maine become the first state to prohibit the sale of alcohol except for medicinal purposes in 1851. While most past Senate presidents have a photo outside the chambers, Shearman, a descendant, noticed Prince's was missing. Standing next to Sherman are Sen. John Patrick, D-Rumford, and Sen. James Hamper, R-Oxford.

Repeal of Maine's 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.

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