Saturday, August 3, 2013
Tax exempt bonds were issued on the project and will be paid off in 2016. However, until that time the alternative uses for the jail remain limited. County Commishes could reissue the bonds to nonexempt status but it would come with a bite to the county of an additional $1.5 million.
We can all be thankful Canyon County is not sitting in the same situation had any one of the three bond elections for a new jail been approved. Wapato and other prison projects all over the country are proving to be costly mistakes with no inmates and no money to staff, maintain and operate all of these poorly thought out projects.
Despite the tough on crime stance of the Idaho Legislature that continues to pay homage to keeping non-violent people behind bars for extended periods of time at huge costs to taxpayers crime rates all over the country continue to drop for adult and juvenile offenses.
Wapato is a monument to a complete disregard for the costs of keeping people locked up that pose no threat to society. We just wanted to give readers an update on this fiasco. The good people in charge forgot about the costs to staff and maintain this ill-fated project. The number were around $30 million a year just to staff the place.
Here's a link to the Oregonian story http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/05/multnomah_countys_wapato_jail.html
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 9:51 PM