Madison County Board members agree that the county jail needs to be renovated but aren’t convinced that issuing nearly $19-million in general obligation bonds is the right way to finance the project. The topic was debated for more than twenty minutes before it was tabled by a vote of 15-13.
Finance Committee Chairman Jack Minner says funding the project should have been approved last night.
Other board members discussed the idea of placing a referendum on the March ballot, which is something the board does not have the power to do according to Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons
Board Chairman Alan Dunstan ended the meeting by giving an overview of the county’s finances and inviting board members to bring him suggestions of how to fund the project before the topic is revisited next month.