Ellis County To Explore Replacing Jail

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Officials of a northwestern Kansas county are looking into overcrowding at their jail, and whether the facility should be replaced.

Ellis County Administrator Greg Sund says he's asked for proposals from jail consultants to address overcrowding at the jail.

Proposals from three consultants will be presented Wednesday to the county commission's group on space needs.

Sund said consultants could help the county decide how a new jail could be financed, including sales tax or a property tax. Costs for the jail have been estimated at $1 million to $5 million.

But Sund says Ellis County also needs a new emergency medical services building, a new fire station and other facilities.

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