The Boone County Public Safety Referendum failed last night. That means the Boone County sheriffs office will not be getting a new public safety building any time soon. This is bad news for not only the sheriff's department, but also the Belvidere police department who currently share the same building. Boone county officials say they cannot afford a new public safety building without passing a new tax. Sheriff Duayne Wirth says he's disappointed, but he can understand why the referendum failed.
"I'm sure when they voted it was a difficult vote for them, but with the economy and the jobs and everything it's understandable. it still hurts."
The sheriff says they are going to go back to the drawing board and try to find a way to get this facility built.