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Learn More about the New Jail and Sheriff's Office Bond Proposal


Barry County Community:

On November 3, our community will vote on a bond proposal authorizing the County to issue no more than $25 million of bonds to build a new Sheriff's Office and Jail. It estimated that the millage levied for the payment of the proposed bonds will increase property taxes by .4501 mills. Take a look around the site and please contact us if you have any questions. I'm available to meet with community members in person, by phone at (269) 948-4801 or by email at Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to vote on November 3, 2020! 

- Sheriff Dar Leaf


Why is Barry County asking for a new jail and Sheriff’s office?

The facility was first built in 1972 (48 years ago), as a lock-up, and the last addition was made in 1996 (24 years ago). According to studies, the existing facility has reached the end of its useful life. Without substantial renovations, systems could fail beyond repair and cause the Sheriff to board out inmates to other counties at a cost per day. The Sheriff’s office requirements exceed the safe use of the available space, with many functions being done in the basement, which was intended for services and storage.

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How will the project be paid for?

The maximum cost for the project is $25 million and would be paid for with a dedicated millage of .4501 mill tax over the next 25 years.

How much will it cost me?

A residential property with a taxable value of $50,000 (market value of $100,000) would pay, on average, $22.51 per year. The .4501 millage would start in 2021.




The energy consumption in the existing building is 50% higher than what it would be in the new facility.

A residential property with a taxable value of $50,000 would pay

$22.51 per year.


The project will be complete and ready for occupancy in mid to late 2023.

The design process will take approximately nine months and construction will take approximately 24 months.



Voter Registration

Any registered voter in Barry County can vote. To register to vote, you must be a resident for at least 30 days, at least 18 years old, and a resident of the United States.

Absentee Voting

The State of Michigan now allows all registered voters to apply for absentee ballots. Ballots have to be returned to the County Clerk, by mail or in-person, by Nov. 3, 2020.

Polling Locations

Where do you go to vote? If you're already registered to vote, use the link below to find your polling place location and hours, view a sample ballot, track an absentee ballot, and more. 

COVID-19 Update

Voters are encouraged to vote from home with an absentee ballot. In-person voting will be available in every jurisdiction. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Check out the facts below regarding safely voting in the November Election:

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