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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
Work session to discuss jail finances called off
BSN Staff Report

PRESTONSBURG — A scheduled work session by the Floyd County Fiscal Court to talk about financial issues at the jail was abruptly canceled Thursday when the judge-executive and jailer decided to discuss the matter privately.

Judge-Executive Paul Hunt Thompson said Thursday afternoon that he, jailer Roger Webb and treasurer David Layne met for about two and a half hours Thursday morning to discuss how to ease financial woes at the jail.

Prior to the work session, Webb reportedly said the whole issue was political and that he disapproved of media accounts about the situation.

"(We discussed) ways to increase revenue at the jail," Thompson said. "We made some minor expense cuts, such as vehicle maintenance, $5,000 in wages, cleaning supplies and uniforms."

Thompson said he will propose to the fiscal court to institute a booking fee and an inmate per diem, which is where inmates will pay for part of the costs of their incarceration. Those costs will have to be determined by the fiscal court, Thompson said.

A reduction in state prisoners at the jail, which now houses about 38 inmates, and an increase in county prisoners has forced the county to decrease its financial donation from $1.2 million to just more than $1 million, Thompson said. Part of the county's contribution is a $480,000 construction bond payment, he added.

In previous years, the jail received between $750,000 to $850,000 for housing state prisoners, and this year that figure is expected to be $415,000, the judge-executive said.

Thompson says he feels the issue is being adequately addressed.

"I feel like we're making progress and hope to continue making progress," Thompson said.

The matter is expected to be addressed at the April 18 court meeting.

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