LIBERTY — Union County officials were feeling pretty good Thursday when they learned the legislation they sought to use money for jail improvements had passed both houses before the General Assembly adjourned Wednesday night.
County Auditor Gene Sanford told the Union County Council on Thursday that the county’s bill had been approved by the original midnight deadline, before a failed attempt by some Republicans to approve some other bills that had missed the midnight the deadline.
The only change legislators made in the House Enrolled Act is a requirement that the county council adopt an ordnance providing for the additional uses of the tax.
Union County has money available to improve the county jail, but those dollars were originally dedicated to improving the county courthouse, with any excess to go to the highway department.
The courthouse was upgraded in 2005-06 with some additional work done last year.
To change the rules for the funding, the Indiana General Assembly had to approve