|Updated: 8/21/2013 9:17 am
||Published: 8/20/2013 11:04 pm
The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office has until Thursday to collect its goal of around 17,000 signatures to place a .167 sales tax extension on the November ballot.
If passed, the one-sixth cent tax would support increased housing at the County Jail along with a new juvenile detention center. Space and resources the county desperately needs according to Capt. Billy Mckelvey.
"We need to build pods onto our jail because the census in Tulsa is growing, the census in Oklahoma is growing and since the census in Oklahoma is growing it's only natural that the prison inmate population in our county jails is growing as well."
The jail's chaplain, Ken Farnham, has headed to effort to collect signatures and believes the tax is crucial for supporting mental illness treatment within the jail along with supporting the youth.
Even if the petition fails, Farnham says he won't give up.
"Till God says give up, I don't give up. If we don't make it this time, there will be another time, and we'll try again."