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Three possible options for new Jackson County jail

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JACKSON COUNTY (KWWL) -

A committee tasked with finding options for a new Jackson County jail is now ready for public input.

That committee narrowed the list of of options from ten to three.

The first two would call for a jail adjacent to the current site.  All three call for 13,400 square feet and 28 beds.

The first option calls for a new building on what they call the Penrose site, while demolishing the current facility.

It would save the county more than $6.5 million each year, with an initial project cost of $6.5 million.

The second option would also be adjacent to the current site, but wouldn't call for demolition of the Sheriff's office and jail.

It would require the purchase of a nearby property and would save the county more than $6.3 million each year with a project cost of $6.75 million.

The third option is a remote site, where a new building would allow room for expansion--something the first two sites doesn't offer.

However, it would require transportation of inmates to and from the courthouse.

Overall, that project would save the county nearly $5 million each year with a project cost of $6.1 million.

All three projects will be brought to the community, and one could be voted on in a referendum later this year.

The cost to the taxpayer varies.

The first two sites would cost taxpayers $24.66 and $25.29 per $100,000 assessed valuation respectively.

The offsite jail would cost taxpayers $23.01 per $100,000.

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