The Bartholomew County Council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to raise the county income tax by 0.5 percent, from 1.25 to 1.75 percent.
The increase will allow Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers to hire additional officer to help staff the jail.
According to authorities, inmates have attacked officers several times over the past two months because of high tensions in the overcrowded jail.
Myers says it will take time to properly train new deputies.
“I think we’ll probably get four or five [deputies] in the jail, and it will take some time to get them hired and get them trained,” Myers says. “So, we’re probably looking at the middle of next year before we’ll be able to get everybody totally staffed and trained.”
The jail is using temporary beds to help house inmates because it’s operating beyond capacity in its new wing. The old wing can house more than 100 inmates but remains empty because there aren’t enough officers to staff the area.
Even with money to hire additional guards, Myers says there may not be enough officers to use all of the space available.