RICE COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER
Rice County’s new Law Enforcement Center presented two significant challenges to the GGA staff. The first was creating a state-of-the-art, 73-bed jail, Sheriff’s Office and County Communications Center with a very tight budget. The second was creating financing for the project without additional taxes by capturing revenues from housing county, state and federal prisoners from surrounding areas where current facilities are antiquated, unsafe or inadequate in capacity.
Within 2-3 weeks of completion, the 40-bed portion of Rice County’s jail earmarked for outside jurisdictions was completely filled by Sedgewick and Johnson County, Kansas prisoners. As an additional aspect of Rice County’s innovative financing, earned interest from the project’s Net-funded Construction Fund as well as unused contingency funds were used to offset the county’s first annual bond payment while housing revenues were being established during the initial 12-18 months of the operations.