Prisoner Boarding, Medical Expenses Up, in Gage County

BEATRICE – Gage County Board members today postponed in-depth discussion on the upcoming county budget.   But, as the county enters a new fiscal year, some information was provided on final expenses for the county’s jail, the past year.

Supervisors Chairman Myron Dorn says the major expenses that exceeded the budget were for prisoner boarding at other jails, and for prisoner medical expense.

:05                  “those two items”

Toward the end of the budget year, the board approved adding $105,000 to the county jail budget, because of a higher-than-normal prisoner population.

Last year, Gage County budgeted about $160,000 for prisoner boarding in other jails, and medical expenses.  But the total at the end of the budget year, surpassed $293,000.

Board member Erich Tiemann feels the cost would have gone higher, if the county’s jail had the capacity to house the additional inmate numbers.

:21                  “which we aren’t”

Dorn says the past few years, both the prisoner population and medical expenses have been increasing.  He says one part of the budget discussion in the coming weeks is whether to increase the amount of money for those purposes.

In 2009, Gage County voters defeated a bond issue to build a new jail and law enforcement center, with a much higher prisoner capacity.

County supervisors were scheduled to discuss contracts with City of Beatrice emergency medical services and the Southeast Communications Center, but that discussion was delayed for at least two weeks.

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