TULSA - Tulsa County voters clearly saw the need to expand the jail, provide for mentally ill inmates, and replace the crumbling and crowded juvenile facility.
Only about nine percent of registered voters in the county actually cast ballots, but about 70 percent of those that did voted "yes" on expanding the chronically overcrowded David L. Moss Correctional Center.
About 66 percent agreed that it's time to build a new Juvenile Justice Center.
For those who work in law enforcement, detention, and the court system, it's an emotional victory that they say shows the public does support what they do, and understands they need the tools to be able to do it properly.
The initiatives create a total of .067-cents of sales tax countywide for the next 15 years.
For purchases made in the city of Tulsa, it's a wash because a city 2/3rds of a penny is expiring.
For the rest of the county, the vote means a bump in sales taxes.
The new tax takes effect July 1.