DeSoto board selects site for jail expansion

By Chip Washington - bio | email

HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - DeSoto County supervisors have selected a 51.3-acre tract of agricultural property just south of Hernando for a new jail.

Board President Bill Russell said consultants told the board that the tract was the most desirable property of the sites that were proposed.

"It's a beautiful piece of property," he said. "Our consultant has told us from day one that this is the best piece of property to build on and as it turns out, the most economical piece of property."

Two other proposed sites had been opposed by local residents.

Final action on the property awaits settling on a price. Russell hopes to have that resolved by when the board meets on June 21.

Sheriff Bill Rasco said the price should be right for taxpayers.

"When you're looking at half a million dollars that's a lot of money, and I feel like we can save the taxpayers that and this would be a great location for the jail."

The city of Hernando must also annex the site to comply with a state attorney general's opinion that the jail be located within the county seat.

Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson said there should be no problem because the landowner agreed to the annexation.

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