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Breaking down the Ada County jail expansion bond

Five people walk down a long hallway with a concrete floor and white cinderblock walls. Four of the people are waring all black with the words "ada county jail" on them.
Ada County Sheriff's Office

Voters headed to the polls between now and Tuesday, Nov. 7 will decide municipal races across the state, and many school districts and counties have bond issues on the ballot as well.

Hannah Gardoski
Boise State Public Radio

In Ada County, voters are being asked to approve a $49 million bond to expand the Ada County Jail, a more than $90 million project when you factor in the money already spent or set aside in county coffers, the 49 million the county wants to borrow, and the $22.6 million in interest over 20 years - less if the bond gets paid off early.

The cost to taxpayers is $3.60 per $100,000 in taxable property value each year. That means someone whose primary residence is valued at the median sales price in Ada County last month, $535,000, would pay about $15 a year for this bond.

Ada County Sheriff Matt Clifford joined Idaho Matters to talk about the current situation at the jail and the bond.

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Troy Oppie is a reporter and local host of 'All Things Considered' for Boise State Public Radio News.

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