Local Government

Adams County prepares to sell $4 million in bonds for jail construction

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 11, 2019 12:01 am

QUINCY -- Adams County is readying the sale of $4 million of general obligation bonds for the continued construction of the county's new jail, though officials believe they won't need the entire amount

The Adams County Board will consider the resolution at its meeting Tuesday night.

County Board Chairman Kent Snider believes the county will need $2.5 million to $3 million to cover the remaining costs of the project, but a cushion was sought in case of an unforeseen construction issue. Any remainder would be returned.

"A year ago we talked about it," Snider said. "We knew we were going to need $3 million to $4 million max and that we had until July to do it."

Construction of the nearly $32 million facility, which will house the Quincy Police Department is expected to be completed later this fall.

The Adams County Board agreed to sell $25 million in bonds in 2017 to fund a majority. The city of Quincy also is contributing $4.2 million toward the project.

The bond will be paid through the quarter-cent sales tax approved by Adams County voters in 2015. The tax will expire after enough is collected to pay the bonds off.

The county believed it would have the jail paid off in 18 years, but now it would likely climb to 20 years.

"The sales tax is coming in as we predicted," Snider said. "This would probably add another year to year-and-a-half to the sales tax, because the sales tax was paid to pay for a jail."

Construction continues on the nearly $32 million facility that also will house the Quincy Police Department. It is expected construction wrap up by the end of the year.

The new 75,000-square-foot L-shaped jail building will be able to house about 190 inmates over one floor and a mezzanine level.

The current jail, which is housed over three floors in the Adams County Courthouse can house about 120 inmates.