The Jackson County supervisors voted unanimously Aug. 20 to release the land near Walmart on which the public for a second time Aug. 6 turned down funding for a new jail.
"I believe we heard loud and clear from the public that they did not like the location," said supervisor Jack Willey. "It somewhat baffles me."
A $6.495 bond to pay for a new jail failed Aug. 6 to get the 60 percent approval it needed to pass. About 57.5 percent of votes cast ballots in favor of the proposal.
The previous year, a bond vote failed with 52.5 percent of voters favoring the project. In the ensuing year, the proposal was completely redesigned, resulting in a larger but cheaper jail.
The property is now released from the county's option to buy it. In discussion before the vote, supervisors discussed why they thought other possible locations—such as the Jackson County Care Facility—wouldn't work as cheaply.
"I really do think it's the best location," Willey said after voting to release the land.
"Going forward, we will have a lot of discussion yet," said supervisor Mike Steines.
The supervisors planned to meet with jail designer John Hansen later in the morning after voting to release the land.
Last week, the jail advisory committee voted to take a break after shepherding through the two failed proposals. Also last week, the supervisors released a $300,000 donation from the Penny and Dave North family toward the project, which had been contingent on the bond passage.