DES MOINES, Iowa — Woodbury County’s new contract with the union representing its deputy sheriffs will cost taxpayers more than twice what the county board of supervisors had previously estimated.

At this week’s board of supervisors meeting, Woodbury County Auditor Pat Gill informed the board and the public that instead of increasing costs by $40,000 as the board had claimed when it voted to ratify the new contract two weeks ago, the contract will actually increase costs by $82,104.

“I don’t think they deliberately tried to make it look like it was a lower figure. I think they just didn’t understand the numbers or the impact of what they were voting on, which is concerning,” Gill told Iowa Watchdog.