The Madison County Board has approved a plan that will begin long needed renovations to the 40-year-old Madison County Jail. In a vote of 27-1, the board approved architectural services totaling $773,000 with AAIC. The overall renovation plan totals $9.3 million that will be completed over the next few years.
The county initially proposed a plan of $18.8 million for the renovations and addition, but voters rejected the proposal during a 2014 referendum. Opposition groups called the plan too expensive and suggested the jail renovations be paid for without raising taxes or issuing bonds. Madison County Administrator Joe Parente tells The Big Z it was time to act:
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Funding for the project will come from existing revenue with no new taxes. Godfrey board member Steve Adler was the lone opposition vote for the plan.