Dallas County is the fastest-growing county in Iowa and ranks 13th in the nation among counties larger than 10,000 people. With this growth, the Sheriff's office and jail has experienced increased demand and concerns relating to an outdated facility. Over 30 years, it will cost $239 million to operate the existing facility which is outdated, overcrowded, and costly to operate. It also poses increased safety risks to occupants and the public. Over the same time duration of 30 years, it will cost $217 million to build and operate a new facility.
"EVERY VOTE COUNTS"
February 3, 2017
Shannon Rollings, Executive Assistant for Dallas County
"From September 2016 to December 2016, Dallas County paid Story County (on average) $983 per day to house inmates due to overcrowding or special needs. This does not include transportation or labor costs."
Sheriff Chad Leonard
"In 2016 there were approximately 158 round inmate transfer trips to Story County (474 hours/18,000 miles)"
February 6, 2017
FACTS and Statistics
Delbert Longley, Chief Jail Inspector, State of Iowa DOC
"Dallas County Jail is an older facility that does not meet the current needs of the prisoners, staff, or the public. The other issues that have been addressed in past inspection reports continue to be problematic and need to be addressed "
May 20, 2016
Linda Wunsch, Executive Director, Greater Dallas County Development Alliance
"Companies considering expansion or a new location in Dallas County evaluate several business climate factors. Safety is a critical component as they evaluate human resources, facility investment and operational security. Public safety infrastructure investment supports our message -- Dallas County is the place to conduct business."
February 8, 2017
Dallas County is pursuing its fourth referendum for a new law enforcement center. This communications campaign is designed to educate and inform the taxpayer on the upcoming referendum, share facts on the impact of building and not building, and encourage voting on May 2, 2017.