Jails Could See Increased Funding If Tax Reform Plan Is Passed

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

Right now the Warren County Regional Jail gets $26.51 for state inmates. If Governor Fletcher's tax reform plan is approved they could get an additional three dollars. Warren County Jailer, Jackie Strode: "We house 250 state inmates a day. So that would bring us in about $270,000. Our present budget for this fiscal year is $5.7 million."

Jailer Strode says they had anticipated fiscal court would have to supplement them as much as $420,000, which is money that comes from taxpayers.

Strode: "That's money that I'm sure most of the taxpayers would rather be spent on roads or updating the parks system or doing whatever."

If the jails do get the three dollar increase Strode says it will go toward the general fund for basic operations of the jail.

Strode: "It pays the utilities. It pays the light bill. It pays the gas bill. It buys the food. It pays for the free medical care. It pays for the deputies salaries. It pays for the inmates linens it pays for their uniforms."

Recently judges, jailers and magistrates met with the governor to ask for a nine dollar increase for inmates. Strode says three dollars would be great but nine would make things even better for taxpayers.

Strode: "You can see what a three dollar increase will do just for Warren County by bringing in $270,000. It would actually make it where we wouldn't have to ask fiscal court for anything."

Strode says it costs $30.08 a day to house the inmates at warren county regional jail. He encourages taxpayers to contact their legislators to see if they can find the revenue to help offset the cost of running jails in each county.

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