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Monona County Sheriff’s Office holds informative meeting for new jail

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MONONA CO., Iowa (KTIV)- A Siouxland county sheriff's office hopes to get the community on board to build a new multi-million dollar jail.

With a dated facility and overcrowding, the Monona County Sheriff's Office says the jail is a must.

The Monona County Jail in Onawa was dedicated in 1974 and has served the county for over 45 years.

The jail originally was designed for 12 inmates, but now regularly holds 20.

The new jail would house up to 32 inmates, with the possibility of expanding up to 66 inmates.

The proposed $6.2 million jail would be built on the northeast side of Onawa's courthouse square.

"We're hoping that we build it big enough that we have the ability to expand in the future," said Monona County Sheriff, Jeff Pratt. "We're trying to build a 50-year facility. And we hope that we have the ability to classify inmates properly and to make sure that we keep those people away from each other that need to be away from each other."

County leaders tonight held an informative meeting for the public to voice their concerns and ask questions.

Monona County Sheriff Jeff Pratt says the big concern he's been hearing is: the cost.

He says they have weighed all options to keep the price tag down.

"We've had a committee established since 2017," adds Pratt. "We've looked at all avenues and this is the best fit we believe for the county."

If approved, a home assessed at $100,000 would have an estimated tax increase of $28.02.

A bond vote is scheduled for March 3rd.

All Monona County residents will be able to vote on the project.

Jennifer Lenzini

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