Thursday, February 12, 2009
New County Jail a Waste of Money
Stevens County is planning on building a 40 bed, $15 million jail. Well, you say, they might need it. Wrong. Stevens County has less than 10,000 people. It is rumored the current jail facilities include a chair and a metal latch in the wall to chain prisoners to. Is that sufficient- no, well maybe... Stevens County currents spends about $200,000 a year to ship its relatively few inmates to Willmar, about an hour drive. So, of course it makes sense to build a FIFTEEN MILLION DOLLAR jail that can hold 40 people. In this economic downturn, $15 million is too much for the taxpayers of Stevens County to handle. Postpone the project until savings are built up and the taxpayers are in a better situation. Why spend millions to build (the $15 million doesn't include operating costs) when it only costs $200,000 a year to ship them to Willmar... Fiscal irresponsibility.