Updates to the Madison County Jail will be coming soon, but how to pay for it will be decided Tuesday. Voters in the county will have a say on whether $18-million in bonds will be used to fund the improvements. This issue will determine whether the taxes will be abated from the General Fund to go toward the project, or if the project will be done piecemeal.
The question was put to the voters after about 23,000 people signed a petition to get it on the ballot. Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan says while many voters may have already made up their minds on how they will vote, its worth noting the intricacies of what a yes vote really does.
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Dunstan says the issues with the jail need to be addressed sooner rather than later due to rising construction costs, rising loan interest rates, and the fact there are ongoing needs at the jail that need to be corrected. The county has posted information on the jail bond referendum on its website and we have a link at this story at Alton Daily News.com.