By Leeann Akers - Editor
April 3, 2013 —
In what may have been the briefest meeting in history, Carter Fiscal Court met Thursday for about five minutes.
The Court approved three agenda items, including a payment to Carter County Emergency Services for $20,619.20, first reading of the 2013-14 jail budget, and a rate increase for federal inmates at the Carter County Detention Center.
The payment to emergency services was originally presented during the regular March meeting but Jailer R.W. Boggs disputed the amount at the time.
“One of the people on that list is a federal inmate and some of the others were bonded out when they were transported, so we are not responsible for the cost,” Boggs said. “I don’t know why the county would want to pay bills for people when they don’t have to.”
Boggs said that $11,616.70 of the payment should have been billed to the individuals and the federal marshals service, because those transported had been given a medical bond in order to leave the jail.
The payment was made in full, however, when it was presented Thursday.
The proposed jail budget is slightly larger than the current year, including an additional $68,100 for additional payroll and an expected $35,000 in additional revenue from federal prisoner payments.
Judge-Executive Charles Wallace publicly thanked Magistrate Mary Ellen Greenhill and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell for their help in getting a rate increase for federal prisoners.
The increases take the rates to $54 per day for each inmate and $25 an hour for prisoner transport.
Based on current numbers and assuming that the federal rate does increase as expected, the county can expect more than a quarter million dollars in additional profit from housing federal prisoners alone.
Wallace said the final contract had not arrived and he would need the Court to vote again before he signs the document.
Fiscal Court’s next regular meeting will be Tuesday, April 16, at 10 a.m.