Northern Iowa voters to decide jail, office bond

Winnebago County voters will decide the fate of a $5.25 million bond proposal that would fund a proposed 20,000-square-foot jail and law enforcement office center.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that voters go to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to approve the bond.

The center would be built in Forest City and would house a 22-bed jail, offices for the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department, 911 dispatch, emergency management and possibly the Forest City Police Department.

The existing county law enforcement facility has structural issues and has been cited numerous times by the state jail inspector for deficiencies and code violations.