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County Board: No Decision on Jail Placeholder Money, yet

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – When the La Crosse county board approved their budget, they set a little more than $300,000 aside as "placeholder money," in case the county jail needed to open its extra pod.

Opening the extra pod would make about 60 more beds available for inmates.

But it would come with an estimated price tag of $400,000. That includes the cost of hiring jailers.

The county hoped to have made a decision about the money by the end of March.

But county board chair Tara Johnson said the fluctuating jail population is keeping the board from making their final say.

"There are no inmates sleeping on the floor, so we have space. The numbers are good right now. But, I think we're trying to be strategic and wait until we see more of a consistent set of numbers to be confident we don't need to open that pod," Johnson said.

If the pod doesn't open, Johnson said she'd like to see the money used for road construction.

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