Local groups claim misuse of funds for new Woodbury County Jail

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) — Citizens and groups of Woodbury County, along with leaders, gathered Thursday inside the Woodbury County Courthouse Rotunda.

Leaders met to discuss alleged spending of the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors, saying the supervisors used more than $15.6 million of Covid Recovery money to cover the inflated cost of the new Woodbury County Prison Project, an act that puts county taxpayers at risk. 

The representative of the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters said when the bids for the project came in over budget, county supervisors should have taken new bids.

“15 and half million over bid, needs to go back out for re-bid, re-designed but no, our county supervisors approved the use of the 15 and a half million dollars of the 20 million designated to us, us. with little public input or knowledge that it was even happening,” said Ernie Colt.

You can watch the press conference below.

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