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Commissioner Baney Supports Change in Direction on Jail Expansion


Last fall Deshcutes County Commissioners decided to take a step back from going forward with a 10.9 million dollar additon to the jail -- and instead consider renovations to existing facilities  to get us by.

 

But cost estimates have shown those renovations would be much more than anticipated.

 

So it's back to the original plan and adding 144 beds to the existing jail.

 

Commissioner Tammy Baney says the cost of renovating the juvenile facility just wasn't cost effective.

 

"We can get about 17 beds but the cost was almost four million dolalrs.  We are faced with a decision, do we spend money to repurpose a facility that is near capacity or do we go with our original idea to build at 10.9 milliion dollar addition and take some of that money to meet our needs.  And that's where we landed."

 

Baney says the county has enough money in their reserves to fund the addition.


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