CHICAGO -- The Hennepin County, Minn., Board of Commissioners last week voted to acquire a site for a new county jail that would be financed largely by general obligation bonds.

The proposed jail, prompted by relieve severe overcrowding at the present jail in Minneapolis, would cost roughly $170 million, according to Phil Weber, senior financial analyst for Hennepin County. With interest and financing costs, the county could end up paying $297 million for development and construction, he said.

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