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Tue, Sep 05, 2023
This is the month! For two years, we have been telling you that the end of September, 2023, would be when we have our new Sheriff's Office and Jail Facility ready to go. We are still on track for that to happen. Staff, architects and contractors have been going through "punch list" walk-throughs of the building section-by-section for over a month now, and Turner Construction intends to hand over the keys to the facility on Monday, Sept. 25.
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Construction should begin in November 2021, with an estimated completion date of September 2023.
The County has purchased a site in North Salina with an address of 800 E. Pacific Avenue. The building will be located off of Pacific Avenue, behind the existing businesses.
The new jail is expected to consist of housing for approximately 392 inmates, with appropriate medical and special needs housing, along with increased space for rehabilitation programming, office spaces for the Sheriff’s Office and adequate parking for staff and public.
The County is still exploring options for reuse, with a preference for criminal justice uses. A facility master plan scheduled to be completed in 2022 may help further refine potential uses.
The sales tax will end once sufficient revenues are collected to pay for the bonds issued to finance jail construction. Currently, that is estimated to take around 18-20 years, but it might be sooner if sales tax revenues grow faster than projected.
The first $74.9 million worth of bonds were issued in August 2021. These bonds were sold at a "premium," meaning the County actually netted over $81 million on the sale. The County will evaluate whether it is necessary to sell the remaining bonds authorized by voters. If this is determined to be the best course of action, it is anticipated that they will be issued in the summer of 2023.
The one-half percent increase in sales tax approved by voters went into effect April 1, 2021.