The Jackson County Board of Supervisors has delayed a referendum on a possible new jail and sheriff's office. This week, the window of time will expire for setting a March vote.

The next date for a possible referendum would be September. Last week, county officials had erroneously discussed the next potential referendum date as August.

Since a second jail referendum failed in August of last year, the county had tentatively considered March as its most likely date for a new jail vote. This week's delay comes after a two-hour jail advisory committee meeting in which some committee members questioned how the public could be sold on a jail that would have fewer beds but cost more than last year's proposal.

In the most recent proposal, officials changed the location, from near Wal-Mart to the industrial park in Maquoketa. Builder John Hansen said that material costs have gone up significantly.

Supervisors board chair Mike Steines said  the county can "do a little more investigating" and put together "another proposal or two" with Hansen.

"I thought we were in a good place," said Supervisor Larry McDevitt.

"Until that meeting," noted supervisor Jack Willey.