Ward County voters will be asked later this year or early next year to approve more spending for a jail expansion and new county office building.

Ward County voters will be asked later this year or early next year to approve more spending for a jail expansion and new county office building.

 

Voters two years ago approved a half percent sales tax to fund the project, which was estimated at about $39 million. Officials now say the original project was undersized, and State's Attorney Roza Larson says the price was "grossly underestimated."

 

A new estimate has not yet been compiled. Once it is, Larson will draft a proposal for either the November general election ballot or a January special election.

 

The tax is to expire in December 2022 or whenever enough money is raised to cover the project. Officials expect the tax to raise more than $60 million if it's in place the maximum 10 years.