Logan County residents, including the Guthrie area, have enjoyed a lower sales tax rate since the sale of Logan Medical Center and Sheriff Jim Bauman is looking to lower it even more.
Bauman announced the detention center is expanding their capabilities to hold more federal prisoners in the county jail and in return will help pay off the cost of the jail. In return eliminate a .75 percent county sales tax.
Bauman is optimistic the majority of the tax (if not all) can go away in 2015.
The center is adding another pod that will house 20 more beds in the five-year-old facility. Bauman says he hopes the construction can be done by April.
Logan County, along with Grady County, are contracted to house federal prisoners because other federal facilities are overcrowded.
Bauman estimates the center houses 30 federal and that the jail. Once completed, the facility will go from 167 beds to 187.