Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan says the issuance of $18.8-million in general obligation bonds to cover the cost of the jail renovation project is the responsible way to proceed. The county board agreed this week, voting 20-7 to issue the bonds. Upgrades could take two to three years to complete, according to Dunstan.
He says the jail was built in 1979 and was designed to hold approximately 100 inmates. It now regularly houses between 275 and 300 inmates following expansions in 1983 and 1995.
As for funding the upgrades with bonds rather than taking the money from reserves, Dunstan says the money isn't available.