At the same time, the DOC has notified cities and counties throughout Washington that it is seeking an appropriate location to build yet another prison. This is to be 1,936 bed minimum to maximum prison facility. The project is budgeted at $150 million in construction costs, will employ 800 staff and will cost an estimated $40 million a year to run in payroll, supplies and maintenance. So far only officials in Okanogan County have expressed an interest in the facility.
It is readily apparent that any talk about DOC "budget cuts" is a sham. The reality is the DOC gets a 28% budget increase instead of a 30% increase. Generally prison construction costs are paid for either by issuing bonds, whose interest is financed by the state or paid for from the state's capital construction budget. Once the factors of financing, interest, etc., are factored in, the actual cost is far higher.
In other Washington DOC news, Division of Prisons Director James Spalding left Washington to become Director of the Idaho DOC effective in early December, 1993. Effective January 1, 1994, Tom Rolfs is the new Director of Prisons for the Washington DOC.
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