The Madison County Board Finance Committee has approved an $18 million bond issue for upgrades to the Madison County Jail. The full Madison County Board will take up the issue at its meeting next week, but there appears to be enough support for the improvements, although at least one county wide office holder suggested putting the question before the voters.
Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan said 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. Jail officials have said a crowded booking room, sticky security doors, leaky water pipes and other repairs need to be addressed. The committee discussed possibly including additional county building repairs into the issue, but in the end decided to keep the jail bond issue separate. County Treasurer Kurt Prenzler suggested placing the question before voters calling the bond issue an $18 million tax increase, while some board members asked for a delay in the decision. The full board meets next Wednesday at 5pm.