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UNTIL 7 AM FRIDAY

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES remain for Kalamazoo, Van Buren, St. Joe, Branch, Allegan, Barry, Ottawa, Kent, Muskegon, Oceana, and Newaygo counties until 7 AM Friday.  Lake effect snow, heavy at times, drops 4" to 8+" of snow through Friday morning.  Approaching 10" or more are possible in some cities.  Westerly winds gusting to 35 mph create blowing and drifting snow, especially in open areas.   

Ionia, Eaton, and Calhoun counties have been added to our existing WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES; expiration time is 7 PM tonight.  Snowfall totals of 1" to 4+" are possible.  

WINTER STORM WARNINGS remain in Berrien, Cass counties until 4 AM Friday for in excess of 6" of snow.  As of this point, snow has been sparse; WARNINGS may be revised.

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I-Team Waste Watch: Extra taxes for the jail

Updated: Saturday, August 3, 2013 |
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ALLEGAN, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - From cement blocks to wiring and wood, Allegan County taxpayers are picking up the tab for their new jail.

Representative Bob Genetski sponsored a bill to exempt counties from paying sales tax on construction materials for a jail.

"In my mind, they're being taxed twice," he said. "Double taxation and I don't think that's right."

The sales tax on all the materials adds up to around $476,000 that the county already paid.

It's now hoping to get that money back to reduce debt.

As it is, taxpayers have about an $18 million bond to pay off over the next 20 years for the new jail.

"The contract pays the sales tax, and in turn will, of course, charge that to the county, which means the county taxpayers are paying a sales tax certainly they don't need to," said Allegan County Administrator Rob Sarro.

The new facility will replace the existing one, which was built in 1961 for 62 inmates.

It's been stretched to house up to 220.

On top of space issues, Sergeant John Sexton said the current layout could lead to safety concerns, which he says the new jail will address.
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