Dane County is again short millions of dollars it needs to build a new jail.
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi released a statement Tuesday saying the county needs another $9.8 million for its plans to build a six-story, 825-bed jail to replace the current one in the City-County Building in downtown Madison. The project’s budget has now increased from $165.9 million to about $175.7 million, said Mead & Hunt, the county’s engineering consultant.
That announcement comes after county officials had scrapped plans to build a seven-story jail with 922 beds following a projected cost increase. Parisi did not say what had caused the rise in the estimate.
For the project to proceed with the projected increase in budget, Parisi said, county officials will have to approve a change order with Mead & Hunt. The County Board, three-fourths of which would have to vote to approve any such proposal, will take the matter up at its meeting on Aug. 18.