Budget could force closure of newly-opened Oxbow Jail

Budget could force closure of newly-opened Oxbow Jail

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SALT LAKE COUNTY -- Only a few days after the Oxbow Jail reopened, the Salt Lake County sheriff is warning he might have to close it again due to looming budget cuts.

Salt Lake County faces budget problems due to slumping sales-tax revenues and investment earnings which are lower than expected.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the county council asked all departments to come up with plans to slash 7.5 percent from spending plans for 2010. Sheriff Jim Winder says if he must cut $4 million or more, he may be forced to close the low-security jail, which opened on Saturday.

County council members think Winder is serious about it. One told the Tribune the cuts that must be made are "significant and real." County Mayor Peter Corroon vetoed a tax increase earlier this year.

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