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Johnson County Jail Debate
IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- The Johnson County Board of Supervisors has a lot to consider after its final public input meeting to gather ideas for expanding the county courthouse and jail.
After plans for a new justice center were voted down in two recent elections, the board has been asking people for ideas that might be more palatable at the polls.
County Supervisor Terrence Neuzil said the board has been getting a flurry of ideas -- one of the most recent of which concerns joining forces with the Iowa City Police Department.
One idea that has been circulating is creating a local authority by joining with another entity. Iowa City currently needs more space for its police department, and Johnson County could break apart different projects like the jail or the courthouse to fit under the authority independently, Neuzil said.
A bond for projects under the authority would need to pass by only 50 percent of a vote to pass, not the 60 percent that the justice center couldn't quite get before, Neuzil said.
The board will be holding two work sessions on Wednesday to discuss the ideas they've been given, and will be meeting with Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek and county attorney Janet Lyness to discuss how to move forward.