Santa Barbara County Cuts Ribbon on $120 Million Northern Branch Jail Near Santa Maria

Noozhawk | November 18, 2021

During Thursday’s event, Board of Supervisors chair Bob Nelson talked about his past opposition to Measure S, the proposed sales tax to help fund the new jail, and his underlying financial concerns. The tax measure failed, but the need for the facility didn’t go away, he said.

Nelson said the Northern Branch Jail already has a maintenance fund established, as will future county capital projects.

“Although today is a day to reflect and celebrate the building of this, it is also a reminder of how we got here, and that it’s only one generation away, one Board of Supervisors away from taking that opportunity and stopping making that commitment. It’s necessary for us in the future to leave this county better off than how we got it,” Nelson said.

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