Word that the state will not renew its contract with a large private prison was welcome news to jailers across Kentucky and the results will be seen soon.
Todd County Jailer Greg Allen gave his report to Fiscal Court this morning and said not all county jails depend on state inmates to pay the bills, so the closure of the Marion Adjustment Center has a greater impact on some facilities than others.
Allen says he expects between 25 and 30 new state inmates next month , which would likely put his state inmate count between 90 and 100.
Magistrates also gave Allen approval to privately bid out the food service contract. He believes it could save the county between twenty and sixty thousand dollars, depending on the inmate count.
In other action, Todd County Sheriff Joey Johnson was approved to purchase a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser from the Missouri Highway Patrol at a cost of just under $15,000. A new salary schedule for all county employees was approved, which includes a cost of living raise for everyone.
County Attorney Mac Johns also reminded delinquent tax payers that their bills will be sold August 12 to a third party collector if they don't contact his office before August 7 to set up a payment plan. The late fees and other costs are much higher when the collection agency takes the bills.