Asotin County officials begin process to purchase land for new jail

Asotin County officials have begun the process to build a new jail near 14th and Fair streets in Clarkston.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that during a Jail Finance Committee meeting Thursday, Asotin County Commissioner Chris Seubert said the county is in the process of purchasing property for construction of a $13.7 million jail, and an application for a zone change has been submitted to the city.

Because the zoning-change process takes time, Clarkston city officials will likely not make a final decision on the change until June.

Asotin County has already sold two series of low interest rate bonds that generated enough money to build the jail. The county plans to repay the bonds with proceeds from a 0.3 percent public safety sales tax increase, approved by voters in 2019. (Lewiston Tribune)