After a month of special meetings and extended discussion at Wednesday's Madison County Board meeting, the financing for renovations at the County Jail is in place. Board members approved the issuance of $18.8 million in general obligation bonds to fund the project by a vote of 20-7 during last night’s meeting.

Finance Committee Chairman Jack Minner, a Democrat of Edwardsville, says that this is the best way to fund the project.

Minner Comments

Several board members disagreed with Minner, including District 5 Representative Mick Madison, a Republican of Bethalto, who defended his decision to vote against the resolution.

Madison Comments

Other board members expressed the desire to see voters decide the issue through a referendum on the March 2014 ballot.  Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons said last month that the board does not have the authority to place the issue on the ballot.  The only way the voters will get a say in the matter is if a petition with the signatures of 10% of the county’s registered voters is filed with the County Clerk’s Office within 30 days of the first publication of the resolution.

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