$41 million in Bonds to Help Pay for New Sarpy County Correctional Center
By Lauren Dietrich, Student News Reporter Nebraska Public Media
July 14, 2021, 4 p.m. ·
The Sarpy County Board of Commissioners has voted to issue more than $41 million in bonds. The money will be used for the new Sarpy County Correctional Center and potentially a few other county building projects.
County communications Manager Megan Stubenhofer-Barrett said the county has needed a new correctional center for years.
"The jail we have now was originally built in the 1980's and really reached capacity in the early 90's. But as the county population continued to grow, overcrowding continued to be a major issue."
Construction on the 150,000-square-foot correctional center began in April. The facility is designed to house 362 inmates with spaces for different programs and includes areas for expansion in the future.
Sarpy County’s Fiscal and Budget Office estimates $2.9 million in debt service payments on the bonds each year. After the bonds are used, remaining correctional center costs will be covered with funds the county has set aside for the project since 2019.