• 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
|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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