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Bids For Jerome County Jail Project Higher Than Expected

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By KMVT News

Jerome County, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) A problem has arisen from the Jerome County Jail project.

Last year, residents of Jerome County approved a multimillion dollar bond to build a new jail for the county.

Since then, bids have been returned from interested contractors for the project, and that's where the problem is.

The project was slated for a little over 11 million dollars, with construction costs at about 9.5 million.

However, all four bids that were returned were almost 1.5 to 2.2 million dollars over.

Jerome County Commissioner Charles Howell explains how this happened.

"So of the reasons we were given is obviously the cost of construction has gone up over the last year, cost of living has gone up in the last year... the concern of tenting the facility during the winter months has been brought forward. No local contractors bid the project, so we don't have local pricing... which helps us with per diem out of county cost... things like that, those have all been brought to our attention," he says.

Howell says they are working with the engineer and contractors to negotiate on the final bid.

He says cost cutting measures will have to be made, but the overall layout and square footage of the project will remain the same.

He also says that if the project is over budget after the negotiations, those overages will not come from tax payers.

The county will then find those funds in their own budget.


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