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Iowa officials scale down costs of justice center

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Officials behind a proposed criminal justice center in Iowa City are scaling down the project's costs in an effort to get voter support.

The Gazette reports Johnson County supervisors on Wednesday tentatively agreed to seek a $43.5 million bond issue to pay for the project, which they're estimating will cost about $46 million.

Voters in November rejected a $46.8 million bond request for the project, which was originally estimated at about $48 million.

Officials say the lowered numbers are an attempt to get the necessary voter support.

The justice center would include a new county jail and court space. Officials have expressed concern about overcrowding and security at the existing jail and courthouse.

Supervisors say they want to set a special election date for early May.

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