CORVALLIS, Ore. - Benton County may ask voters to fund construction of a new jail.
The date of a vote has not been set, and jail designs are still under review. The price tag could run around $14 million.
Jailers at the Benton County Sheriff’s Office say they’re in desperate need of a new jail.
“We’ve had a couple cells here where inmates have been able to literally pick the brick away with their fingers," said Diana Rabago, Benton County Jail Commander
Rabago said the county has twice asked voters to fund a new jail. Twice voters turned down the tax at ballot box.
The jail commander said the need remains.
To meet the county's needs, the jail should have 108 beds, but the jail only holds 40 offenders, she said.
That leaves Benton County no choice but to send additional inmates to other counties.
Sending inmates to other counties costs Benton County over a million dollars a year, she said.