ST. CLOUD (WJON News) -- Stearns County has taken another step in moving toward a new jail and justice center.

Commissioners voted to approve special legislation that will allow them to put a sales tax request on next year's ballot.

If approved, the sales tax would be used to pay for the project which is estimated to cost up to $300-million.

The county opened up a Request for Quotes at their August 22nd meeting. That RFQ window is closed and next up, staff are reviewing those vendor applications. The applications are for an architect and a construction manager.

Assistant County Administrator Steve Hammes says they hope to have the architect and construction manager picked by the end of the year and a preferred site chosen after that.

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