Planners needs $5 million for jail design 

With a little seed money, work on the proposed Sixth Street Jail could begin as soon as July.

The City’s Capital Planning Committee needs $4.98 million in the next fiscal year to get started on the replacement jail. The money would go towards conceptual design and planning with about half of the funds going towards real estate options, according to a new report.

Financing the new jail may not be easy, however. The project was conspicuously left out of a public safety bond proposed for the June 8 ballot. The estimated $435 million will instead come through certificates of participation, a way of financing through lease options that doesn’t require voter approval.

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