Voters to Decide Levy for New County Jail

Antelope County voters will play a pivotal role in the construction of a new county jail.
They will be asked, at the general election to decide whether the county should stay within its current levy OR approve a special levy to cover the costs for the construction of a 30-bed jail facility.
Current cost projects call for the facility to built at a price tag of $6.9 million. However, during Tuesday’s meeting, supervisors were trying to find a way to lower the price tag.
Supervisor Harlan Brandt questioned the $6.9 million figure, saying the square footage of the building doesn’t add up. Steven Riley, speaking on behalf of Prochaska & Associates, architects for the new jail, said the cost is an estimate based on the experience they have had with building other such projects.
Riley showed supervisors a project schedule which indicates the project likely wouldn’t be completed until August 2014 at the earliest.

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