The Kewaunee County Board of Supervisors voted down the funding for a new jail that came in $8 million over the budget that was approved a year ago.
Four options were considered for funding the new jail, all of which projected costs at over $33 million. The board had approved $25,546,233 for construction in June of 2022 to move forward with the project. The vote was 12-8 in favor on Tuesday but failed due to requiring a two-thirds majority for the increased spending on a new jail.
Supervisor Aaron Augustian said during the meeting that he was not about to break a promise to their constituents to keep their tax bills in mind, calling instead to rebid the project.
Supervisor Brian Patrycia explained why he supported the jail construction, pointing out that the can is
Kewaunee County Chair Dan Olson says the Jail Study Committee will meet on Thursday and move forward in making repairs at the current jail facility while figuring out the possible lowering of costs for a new jail in the future.
The Kewaunee County Board also voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Ed Dorner as the Interim County Administrator position with Scott Feldt retiring next week.