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Published April 04, 2013, 09:27 AM

Veto of home rule charter to affect jail timeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Burleigh County's sheriff says Gov. Jack Dalrymple's veto of a bill that would allow special elections on home rule charters will change the timeline for a new jail.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Burleigh County's sheriff says Gov. Jack Dalrymple's veto of a bill that would allow special elections on home rule charters will change the timeline for a new jail.

Sheriff Pat Heinert tells the Bismarck Tribune that the county commission wanted to schedule a special home rule election for a sales tax that would help pay for a new jail for Burleigh and Morton counties.

Heinert set up a tentative timeline for the new jail based on a fall special election, but that will be pushed back.

Heinert told commissioners Wednesday that Dalrymple had concerns about low voter turnout for special elections in issuing his veto.

Cities can hold special elections for home rule charter decisions, but counties can only have home rule votes during primary and general elections.

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