Wichita Co. Leaders Talk Cost and Improvements Planned for Sprague Expansion Project

Wichita County commissioners got the financial ball rolling this morning on plans to move the county jail's downtown Wichita Falls operations to the Sprague Detention Center off Highway 287 South.
But what will the overall project cost and include?
Mechell Dixon gives us a look.

When most people think about the Wichita County Jail the downtown facility comes to mind.
But sheriff's officials say there's a problem here.

"We have outgrown the downtown facility by leaps and bounds," says Wichita County Sheriff David Duke.

So, plans are in the works to move jail operations from here to the Sprague Detention Center.
It sits on 20 acres owned by the county and officials say there is plenty of space to add an infirmary, which is required by the state for jails with that house more than 200 inmates.
The Sprague Expansion Project will also include a new kitchen and a new Book In Center because Sheriff David Duke says the one at the downtown facility is too small.

"Once we hit 15 people in the Book In area, we have to bring in additional people to help get these people processed," Sheriff Duke says.

Commissioners voted to pay an architectural firm for designs on the project.
Overall, the expansion project would cost $8 million to $12 million dollars.
Officials say up to $4 million of that money would come from county reserves the rest from tax payers.

"We're looking at  anywhere from a 1 to a a 1.5 cent tax that would pay for that.  We'll pay probably 1 fourth to 1-third of that out of reserve funds we have and do that," says Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom.

Mechell Dixon.  KFDX 2 News.

Judge Gossom says the projected property tax increase would happened in 2016 if approved by Wichita County voters.

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