Tuolumne County is in prime position to receive a $20 million state grant for a much-needed new jail.
County leaders received a letter late last week from the Board of State and Community Corrections that said Tuolumne ranked first among all 15 smaller counties that applied for SB 1022 money. A total of 36 small, medium and large counties applied for a portion of the available $500 million.
“To say we’re excited about this is an understatement,” said County Administrator Craig Pedro. “This is something that’s sorely needed for our community.”
A group of county officials, including Pedro, Sheriff Jim Mele and Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Hanvelt made presentations two weeks ago to the state board’s Executive Committee, which ranked the applications of all 36 counties based on size.
Tuolumne is one of five smaller counties recommended to receive the full funding request, or a maximum award of $20 million each. Napa County is also one of the five, but only requested about $13.5 million.
The next step is for the full Board of State and Community Corrections to approve the committee’s recommendations at a meeting on Jan. 16, Pedro said.
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