Jackson Co. officials rethink plan after jail bond issue fails twice

MAQUOKETA (AP) — Officials in one eastern Iowa county are regrouping after a voters rejected a jail bond issue for a second time.

The Dubuque Telegraph-Herald reports that Jackson County voters didn’t approve a $6.5 million bond issue to build a 50-bed jail this month. The result is similar to an August 2018 vote.

Sheriff Russ Kettmann said the outcome was disappointing. He said the main concerns he heard about the proposed jail related to its price and location.

But the county must do something because the current jail, built in 1972, has a number of problems. State authorities have said the facility could be shut down.

If the jail shut down without a replacement, the county estimates that it could cost $987,000 a year to transport inmates to and from other jails.