Jail expansion $3 million over budget

Even as contract workers prepare to pour the second-story floor of the long-awaited but complicated Kitsap County jail expansion, officials are reporting the project’s costs are up to $28.5 million — a $3 million, or 12 percent increase over earlier estimates.

Reaction to the overruns is mixed. Most county officials say that, while the increase is unanticipated, it is normal in a complex expansion project and the public should know about it. Others are taking a harder line.

“We’re looking at what has created that (increase), item by item,” said County Commissioner Jan Angel, who chairs key countywide emergency management and public safety boards. “The money is there to support it, but that’s not the point. The question is how did it happen and what do we do now to offset it.”

At the start of the new year, Administrative Services Director William Nogle said the jail expansion project would

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