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Jail committee approves updated plans for Knox County jail expansion

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Knox jail committee approves updated plans

KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - The jail committee has passed new plans for the expansion at the Knox County jail.

These new plans are reduced from the original.

Rising construction costs caused the project to go over budget. New plans cut the final cost by around 3 million dollars. This resulted in about half the amount of beds in the expansion. Knox county sheriff Doug Vantlin says the expansion will still get the job done.

The construction manager is now working on getting the most accurate total for county leaders. That total will go then to county commissioners. Then plans will go to the Knox County council.

If approved, the project can begin going out for bids at the beginning of the year. The turnaround is tight. But Vantlin says it is important to get the project fully funded before construction costs go up further.

Vantlin explains, "Every month, it's several thousands of dollars every month that we have to postpone this. So it's going to do nothing but go up; that's just the trend. That's the way it's always been. The longer you wait, the more it's going to cost."