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Woodbury County Officials to Consider Date of Referendum on New Jail

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Woodbury County is making plans to ask voters on March 3rd to approve a roughly $49-million-dollar bond for a new county jail. At a Tuesday Board of Supervisors meeting, county officials talked about ongoing problems with the current jail in downtown Sioux City, like a shower that’s out of order and valves on sink-toilet hybrids that need to be replaced.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Matthew Ung told IPR issues like these show why the county needs to build a new facility.

 It’s no different from someone who has a car that decides to repair it over and over again and decides it’s no longer worth that investment. 

Next week, the board of commissioners from Woodbury County and Sioux City that will oversee the 49-million-dollar project is expected to officially set the date for the referendum.  Supervisor Jeremy Taylor is trying to convince officials to put off the referendum until September, so voters will have a chance to learn about the need for a new facility.

Nebraska’s Lt. Governor Mike Foley presides over the convening of the 106th Legislature today in Lincoln.

Senators face a time crunch with a short, 60-day session.  They plan to pass major property tax legislation, flood-relief measures and more.

And the former Shopko location will have a new tenant.  Wilmes Do it Best Hardware will use part of the space at the Marketplace Shopping Center.

The full-service hardware store is owned locally and operates another location in South Sioux City.

Shopko closed last summer after the company went out of business.