The Marion County Sheriff's Office says at least 16 inmates have been sleeping on mattresses on the floor in holding cells due to overcrowding.
The income tax increase would help fund additional positions at the county jail.
The Citizens for Better Government and the Vigo County Taxpayers Association held the meeting to consider the possible benefits of a needs assessment study.
Last week, council members tabled a vote on a jail proposal after three hours of public comment. A new meeting date for the vote has not been set.
Indiana’s jails are filled to capacity. Cook Group sells off Cook Pharmica. And a whole new perspective on the work linemen do.
Criminal code reform passed in 2014 is only one factor contributing to the exploding jail populations.
Vigo County residents gathered Thursday evening for a public forum to discuss plans for a new county jail.
The additional tax revenue would allow Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers to hire new deputies to staff the jail.
The sheriff says the policy is indicative of a larger problem: jail overcrowding.
Sheriffs say one of the major issues is that the state pays local jails just $35 per day to house low-level Department of Corrections inmates.