Wayne Co. begins process of downsizin...

Wayne Co. begins process of downsizing over-budget jail

There are 4 comments on the The Detroit News story from Jun 19, 2013, titled Wayne Co. begins process of downsizing over-budget jail. In it, The Detroit News reports that:

Detroit -- Wayne County officials are simultaneously trying to salvage a seriously over-budget jail project and sell it.

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Chicago, IL

#1 Jun 19, 2013
A project of this magnitude just can't be kicked aside. I guess ficano and appointees (turkey awadar mullins) never cared to seriously listen to expert advice befote starting. This proves how irresponsible and sloppy this county had been guided. When friendships and rising star cronies pat themselves on the back for lackluster foresight, it makes u wonder how such endeavors happen before real experts give assessments on practicalities of high cost projects before level heads prevail. That never happened in thos administration. Time to retire robert!!

Livonia, MI

#2 Jun 19, 2013
Detroit and Wayne County behave much like young children with these contracts. At some age a kid will likely pick a nickel over a dime because the nickel is bigger despite being worth half as much. The jail cost over-run has many facets. The contractor, Walbridge, may be partly to blame. That has been swept under the rug. I suspect the intent was never to build the jail for the original amount anyway. They had access to $300 million and I believe they thought they could use it and blow by the $210 million original cost. The new estimate exceeds any money available by another $90 million.

So now the undertaking is being complicated by looking at packaging other properties in some deal with investors to come out with something. Taxpayers will still be required to pay for the $300 million in bond debt. Property will be given away while numbers will be constructed to make it appear the money has surfaced to pay for the work.

You are about to see a deal here that is like a rube going to the used car lot to replace his jalopy. The salesman says, "How much you got to put down?" "Nothing", says the rube. "How much of a payment can you afford?" Then he sits the rube down in a quiet room while the appraiser does his grand work. Amazingly, the POS with body damage is suddenly worth $5,000. Folks, I think we found our down payment didn't we? Money has come out of nowhere to get the ball rolling. The new jail deal will be like Livernois circa 1950.

Toledo, OH

#4 Jun 21, 2013
Lol!!!(Or more like taxpayers sobbing quietly)
church of whats happening

Nashua, NH

#5 Jun 22, 2013
It's about time people faced the economic reality of what's happening now.

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