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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Official: N.D. jail, county building project price 'grossly underestimated'

  • 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.
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  • 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.
     

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