Budget Committee has one more month for jail costs
by Alan Reed
Feb 27, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Magistrate Doug Taylor, head of the Trigg County Government Budget Committee vowed to take the panel to “another level” as it convened last Tuesday to discuss needs in this year’s budget.

Taylor said that his fellow magistrates serving on the panel, Larry Lawrence and Kevin Terrell serve on other committees (transportation and recreation, respectively,) and would focus their budget creation efforts on those areas. He added that he would work with County Judge/Executive Stan Humphries on general governmental needs and the budget for lodging county prisoners.

Humphries said that the county had “a little bit of breathing room” for the jail budget, as the budget is due in April, not the first of March as he previously believed. “The last budget allowed for 15 inmates, and now we have a number of inmates in the upper 20’s or 30’s. That blows our budget out of the water.”

The Judge added, “We’re pursuing some different angles to eliminate expenses. We’ve discussed how jails are run in other communities to determine the best deal for the county.” Humphries said that he had spoken to other counties to move “some or all” inmates to other facilities offering a lower cost than then $25 per night per inmate charged by Christian County.

According to Humphries, the Trigg County Attorney, Jailer and Financial Officer and himself spoke to representatives in Christian County about reducing costs at that facility. “Our County Attorney took notes and will be putting some ideas in motion. We’ve made no decisions as to what our next move will be. I am comfortable with Christian County and our ability to work with them. Their willingness to take care of our inmates and their health, and their proximity make them an ideal solution, but we are still shopping around.”

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