The Capital Improvement Plan (“CIP”) is incomplete because it identifies the jail in the document but not the estimated cost. The cost is stated “To Be Determined” or “TBD.” Some of us know that a five year capital plan will not necessarily have the details and specifications to allow for an accurate estimate. However, it is the responsibility of the County Executive to provide a best faith estimate. It is also the responsibility of the County Legislature to make this an issue and ask for a full and open assessment of the potential cost of the jail, and an exact detailed summary of the serial bonds committed on behalf of the Jail.
For those who don’t know, a Capital Improvement Plan (Program) or CIP, is a short-range plan, usually four to ten years, which identifies capital projects, equipment purchases, provides a planning schedule and identifies options for financing the plan.