Todd Road Jail Sixty Million tax dollar boondoggle   



By Bruce Boyer        

Sixty million tax dollars is being spent to build an additional jail building to house sixty jail inmates with four beds in a medical area. Yes, your tax dollars are going to be spent at one million dollars per jail inmate bed. Construction costs of nearly $1,000 per square foot!  Are they building it out of marble and gold or some very pricey concrete?  Construction costs for a deluxe home can run $300 per square foot, industrial is well under $200 per square foot.

What should it cost to build a jail-barracks to house sixty men? In the Army one barracks to house sixty men in bunks would be generous at 1400 sq feet. Add a medical room/sick bay and a day room office and two ‘counseling rooms” and you have 2250 sq feet, i.e. lots of room. Industrial construction standards would get that done for under $450,000 and furnish it with anything you want and equip it.  The cost  –  $50,000.  The County spent sixty million dollars on a $500,000 building.

This is not a ‘mistake’ or an ‘oversight’ this is a fundamental way that the County and the Sheriff’s office spend our tax money with zero concern as to who is paying for it.

We need a Sheriff than can get a half-million dollar jail-barracks built for a half a million, not sixty million dollars! I am that cowboy.

The ground breaking ceremony included (left center) County CEO Mike Powers, County Supervisor Linda Parks, and Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub, Photo Tim Pompey

Bruce Boyer, candidate for Ventura County Sheriff.

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3 Responses to Todd Road Jail Sixty Million tax dollar boondoggle   

  1. Bruce Boyer March 20, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    It looks as though wasting sixty million does not bother people???

  2. Bruce Boyer March 18, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Grading on a curve is not a std that we we should use for public accountability. There is ALWAYS something stupider, more corrupt more obscene. ‘Compared to the bullet train…” thinking. The Coiunty local officials are corrupt/incompetent regardless they should be fired!

  3. c e voigtberger March 16, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Considering that more than twenty years ago the City of Ventura spent $250,000 to build an outhouse in the park in front of the post office, I guess 60 million isn’t that bad for something that actually is more than an outhouse.


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