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County Board could issue jail bonds itself

County isn't required to hold referendum, but OK would take three-quarters vote

4:19 PM, Apr. 10, 2013
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Long under the impression that a public referendum would be required to obtain needed funding for a new jail, Oconto County officials have learned they have a second option:

The Oconto County Board can itself, under state law, approve issuing nearly $23 million in bonds to help pay for construction.

Using that option, though, requires approval of a "super majority" of board members - but also could result in some considerable cost savings by moving ahead with a referendum in April 2015. ...

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