What is a Jail District?
JAIL DISTRICT CREATION: The Yavapai County Jail District is a “Special District” created by the voters of Yavapai County pursuant to Arizona law. The purpose of the jail district is to provide the County with options to raise funds exclusively for the operation of the jail in Yavapai County. The boundaries of the Yavapai County Jail District match the boundaries of Yavapai County.
JAIL DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD: The Jail District is governed by the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors acting as the Yavapai County Jail District Board of Directors. The Yavapai County Sheriff operates the jail and works closely with the Board to insure proper financing for jail operation.
VOTERS MUST APPROVE: The voters of the jail district must authorize the Board of Directors to raise funds through the jail district to finance the operations of the jail.
BENEFITS: With a jail district, a dedicated sales tax helps fund the operation of the county jail, and cities and towns in the County are not charged for booking and housing inmates at the jail. Without a jail district, the county’s general fund (from property taxes) is used to finance the operation of a county jail, and cities and towns pay a fee to house some inmates in the county jail.