Sandy officials say Salt Lake County should not build a new jail until it has reached an agreement with area cities on who will pay to run the facility.
Sandy's City Council agreed with Mayor Steve Newton Tuesday night that the county's proposed new minimum-security jail is needed. But the cities have a long-running disagreement with the county over who should pay for housing the cities' misdemeanor prisoners at the existing jail.Newton said the county traditionally has picked up that cost, but two years ago the county sent bills to several cities, including Sandy, which they refused to pay. Since then, negotiations have gone on, but the payment issue remains unresolved, the mayor said.
"My concern is we've kind of missed a step here," he said. County voters will decide May 23 whether to approve a general obligation bond for jail construction - and the property taxes to repay that debt. But, "we have not resolved how the jail is going to be operated and who's going to pay for it."