Carter County magistrates made quick work of unanimously approving a budget for the county detention center, as well as accepting new rates for housing and transporting federal inmates during a special session which lasted less than five minutes Thursday morning.
In a departure from their recent antagonistic posturing, the county’s magistrate’s seemed civil to one another as well as their audience with no heated exchanges of words, threats, accusations or name-calling from amongst the elected officials. The magistrates voted unanimously to approve each of the three agenda items for the special meeting, including payment of more than $20,000 to Carter County Emergency Services.
Fiscal court members also approved the first reading of a budget for the Carter County Detention Center for the next fiscal year, allotting $2,514,650 for the next year, compared to $2,481,150 for the current fiscal period, according to Jailer R.W. Boggs. The new jail budget includes additional $68,100 for additional payroll, and an expected $35,000 in additional revenue from federal prisoner payments.
The board also voted together to approve a new rate agreement for federal prisoners housed and transported by Carter County jailers. County Judge Executive Charles Wallace offered his personal appreciation to Magistrate Mary Ellen Greenhill and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell for their roles in obtaining the rate increase, which will bring the county $54 per day for each federal inmate, and a $10 per-hour increase for prisoner transport services.
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