Canyon County

Want to learn more about the jail bond request in Canyon County? Here’s your chance

The first of six town hall meetings will be held Monday in Middleton for Canyon County voters who want to learn more about a jail bond request that’s on the May 21 ballot.

The Canyon County Board of Commissioners will be asking for a $187 million bond, to be repaid in 20 years, to fund the construction of a new jail in Caldwell. County officials will answer questions from residents about the bond during the town hall meetings, planned at different locations in Canyon County.

The town hall meetings will be held at the following locations and times:

  • Monday, May 6: 7 p.m., Middleton’s Trolley Station, 310 Cornell St.
  • Wednesday, May 8: 7 p.m., Parma Rural Fire Protection District, 29200 U.S. 95.
  • Thursday, May 9: 7 p.m., Melba Tower Theater Friends Center, 321 Carrie Rex Ave.
  • Monday, May 13: 6 p.m., Nampa Public Library, 215 12th Ave S.
  • Tuesday, May 14: 7 p.m., Wilder Rural Fire Protection District, 601 Patriot Way.
  • Wednesday, May 15: 7 p.m., Canyon County Administration Building, 1st floor, 111 N. 11th Ave. in Caldwell.

It is the fourth time the county has asked for a bond to build a new jail, which requires a two-thirds majority to pass. The first three requests failed to get the needed voter approval. The May ballot request, if approved, would break down to $94.43 per $100,000 of taxable value for property owners.

Early voting in Canyon County starts Monday at the Elections Office, 1102 E. Chicago St in Caldwell, during normal business hours.

The Idaho Statesman will publish an in-depth look at the problems in Canyon County’s existing jail on May 12 and outline how funding from the bond, if approved, would be used by the sheriff’s office.

For more information about the jail bond, visit Canyon County’s website. To find your polling location or to register to vote, visit

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Reporter Ruth Brown covers the criminal justice and correctional systems in Idaho. She focuses on breaking news, public safety and social justice. Prior to coming to the Idaho Statesman, she was a reporter at the Idaho Press-Tribune, the Bakersfield Californian and the Idaho Falls Post Register.