Gibson County Council delays vote on proposed jail expansion

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GIBSON COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – Another day, another meeting, and another decision to delay a vote on the proposed expansion of the Gibson County Jail.

The Gibson County Council was scheduled to vote on the $30-million addition and the two percent tax hike needed to fund it, but for the second time in as many months, the council decided to postpone a vote.

Council members say they want more information about a pending class action lawsuit against the jail and how the expansion might affect that.

The council is looking at an October 31st deadline to approve the project if it wants to move forward in 2020.

“It’d be nice to get it done this year that way we could start setting money aside, but if we can’t get it done this year, we’re not going to rush into something we don’t know everything we need to know.”

The council has scheduled an October 22nd meeting at 6 p.m. to take additional public comment on the issue, and vote on it.

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(This story was originally published on October 8, 2019)

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