In this Voter Guide we look at the second issue involving El Paso County's proposed jail expansion.
Question 1B concerns paying for the actual construction of the facility. It would allow the county to borrow $38 million to build an 850-bed addition to the current jail. That would require a repayment of $75.6 million over 25-years.
Supporters say Question 1B would help ease the dangerously overcrowded conditions at the jail. And the county could actually make money by charging to house inmates from the state prison system.
Opponents say the commissioners could have saved taxpayers $32 million by repaying the loan in just five years instead of 25. And they say early release of non-violent offenders will help reduce the overcrowding without costing more taxpayer money.
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