State delivers on RSW build reimbursement

The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail is shown here upon its completion last July. Rich Cooley/Daily file

The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail got a major boost toward paying off its construction cost Tuesday with the announcement that the state has delivered almost $34 million in reimbursement to the counties.

Douglas P. Stanley, chairman of the RSW Jail Authority, said the amount represented 49.8 percent of the $65.65 million of the total cost of the new jail.

“This was the last major piece of this project to be completed,” Stanley said in a written statement, adding that the money represented “the primary reason that the individual localities chose to build a regional facility rather than construct individual jail facilities.”

The jail, which opened July 1, was built in anticipation that the state would pay up to half the construction cost after the facility was completed. In the meantime, the jail authority issued bonds that allowed it to borrow money to pay for the project before the reimbursement was received.

The reimbursement will also pay for half the interest owed for financing during construction.

Stanley said in an interview Tuesday that the jail authority had a general idea of the amount of the reimbursement beforehand, but the exact total was uncertain until recently.

Stanley said the process of obtaining the reimbursement went smoothly but required painstaking work by contractors, employees with Shenandoah and Warren counties and the RSW administration and staff.

“The tough part was the documentation, the reams of paperwork and invoices,” Stanley said. “That’s where the time and effort comes in.”

The jail project was bitterly contested in Shenandoah County where Sheriff Timothy C. Carter and some citizens urged the Board of Supervisors to pull out of the tri-county agreement to build the jail. Doubts about the amount of reimbursement coming from the state were part of the criticism at the time.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com