NEW THIS MORNING: USDA Denies Funding For New Beaufort County Jail

The USDA has told Beaufort County it will not contribute $2 million dollars to a new county jail until the project gets the green light from voters.

In a letter to officials in Beaufort County, the federal agency noted the "contentious nature" of the project and said the county must hold a bold referendum in order to get federal funds.

The jail project has been an ongoing issue for Beaufort County since last year. A heated public hearing took place last Monday, where many residents say they oppose a new jail because of potential costs to citizens.

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