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Davis County Seeks $24.8 Million for Jail Expansion

Davis County Seeks $24.8 Million for Jail Expansion

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FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) -- Davis County officials have decided on the size of the bond they will ask voters to approve for a 400-bed jail expansion. It is 24-point-eight (M)million dollars.

After meeting with bank representatives last week, the county chose that amount to maintain property tax levels residents are paying on the current jail bond, set to expire in February 2006.

Officials say the jail expansion is needed to alleviate overcrowding. The jail has 376 beds and often has more than 400 inmates.

County Commissioner Michael Cragun said if any suits are filed because of overcrowded conditions, a jail expansion could be mandated by a federal judge. That would include requirements in design.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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