ST. CLOUD (WJON News) -- Stearns County commissioners have approved a resolution asking the state legislature to authorize the county to adopt a local option sales tax to fund a new jail and Justice Center.

If lawmakers approve the request, voters would need to approve the measure before it would go into effect.

Stearns County is asking for a 0.375% sales tax, or in other words, a 3/8 of a cent sales tax.

The new Justice Center would house a new jail, sheriff's office, and court facilities. It's estimated to cost between $260-million and $310-million.

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The sales tax is estimated to generate approximately $14-million a year and would cover the annual debt service payments on a 30-year bond.

If the tax is enacted, the county says there would be no impact on the county's annual levy or property taxes.

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