Last Public Meeting Tonight For Starke County Jail Project

The last in a series of public meetings concerning the Starke County Jail project is tonight at 6 p.m. CT at the North Judson-San Pierre High School Auditorium.

The DLZ Corporation will provide construction options and Umbaugh and Associates will discuss the financing options.

In the first meeting, DLZ presented the jail committee and those in attendance with the proposal for a new 32,406 square foot jail facility that could be built on a site of anywhere from four to 10 acres, at an estimated cost of $14 million. Umbaugh and Associates revealed that in order to fund this project, the county would issue bonds with a 20 year maturity at $1.18 million annually. Income taxes would finance these bonds with an increase of 0.65 percent of adjusted gross income.

If you would like to ask more questions or have concerns about the information that has been released, go to the meeting tonight and make those issues known to the officials.

No decision is expected to be made during this meeting. All of the information received will be presented to a joint meeting of the Starke County Commissioners and Starke County Council and those officials will decide where to go from there.