Palo Alto Co. Voters To Head To The Polls March 2nd On Proposal To Build A New $5.625 Million Public Safety Center

Wed 1-6-2021

(Emmetsburg)-- Voters in Palo Alto county will head to the polls March 2nd to decide the fate of a proposal to build a new Public Safety Center. It would house the Sheriff's Office, an 18-bed jail with expansion capabilities, Emergency Management Office, communications center and state probation facilities. The current facility was built in 1908 and county officials say it is outdated, isn't safe, and presents potential liability issues.

Palo Alto county officials say the project has an estimated cost of $5.625 million dollars which would be funded through tax increment revenue generated from a wind farm in the northeastern part of the county.

County officials say the decision to move ahead with the vote was based on a consultant's recommendation following a facility evaluation and needs assessment.