Jail to End Mowing Program Due to Budget Cuts

By Lindsey Yates | 

Major corridors into Bowling Green will soon go without mowing and because of county budget cuts and fewer inmates at the Warren County Regional Jail.

Jailer Jackie Strode announced the end of a partnership between the jail, the city, and Operation Pride in a letter to Mayor Bruce Wilkerson on July 2ND.

Strode says county budget cuts that came close to $800,000 over the past two budget cycles left him with a tough decision to make.

"Do we keep a position outside that is causing us to lose money and we don't have the labor workers to do the work or do I lose a position inside, and the safety of my deputies will always come first," says Strode.

Strode also said he was a supporter of the program, and it's unfortunate to see it end.

The program allowed class D inmates to mow seven major corridors into the city.

The partnership will not officially end until October 15Th.

The City of Bowling Green says they are currently reviewing the letter.

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