Ground breaks on $15.6 million Greene County Jail project

One Southern Indiana jail is going into the final stages of a new expansion.

Posted: Feb 15, 2018 7:00 PM

GREENE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - One Southern Indiana jail is going into the final stages of a new expansion.

On Thursday, the Greene County Jail has an official groundbreaking for its new jail project.

With every big project comes a bigger price tag.

This project has been in the works for nearly two years.

When the project wraps up, the jail will have nearly 200 additional beds.

Leaders plan to renovate the current facility.

The overall project will cost about $15.6 million.

Greene County taxpayers are footing the bill.

The county initiated a public service tax of one percent on the income tax.

That one percent should be enough to cover the costs of expansion and renovations.

Greene County commissioners said there's a reason for doing this project all at once.

They hope it will save the taxpayers money.

"I think everyone understands the need and understands that if we do this all now we are going to save a lot of money in the future. If we build out half of this now and then we come back even 10 years from now, it's going to double our cost to finish it," Commissioner Ed Michael said.

Officials expect the project to be complete in 16-18 months.

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