Tax Money Helps Youth Center

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Additional tax money from a millage approved by voters may help the Ingham County Youth Center solve some of its problems.

The lack of money and space has caused the center to act like a revolving door. One juvenile comes in, one goes out. But with the help of $3 million in tax money, the problem of overcrowding may be solved.

The county is looking to create between 48 and 72 additional beds for programs designed to treat underlying problems. This will diminish the demand at the youth center.

The facility currently holds 24 beds. County commissioners must wait until the New Year to make any decisions. That's when new commissioners come on board.

The state will match the total with $3 million of its own. Commissioners say no major changes will occur until next summer.