Jail Addition Delayed in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The opening of an $80 million addition to Madison County Jail could be delayed by several more months.

The high-rise building was finished in late September but remains empty while county and Huntsville city leaders haggle over each side's financial obligations.

The city paid for construction and the county will handle day-to-day operations.

On Friday, County Attorney Julian Butler said he hopes to have a draft intergovernmental agreement ready "by the first of the year."

It will require a thumbs-up from both the County Commission and City Council.
But insiders say elected leaders may be squeamish about paying
any more to subsidize jail operations after the unpopular
construction project came in $50 million over budget.
Information from: The Huntsville Times,

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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