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Sheriff:?Jail revenue up from holding outside inmates

November 9, 2012
MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey says the Fulton County Jail is holding more inmates for other counties, so his department's 2012 budget should reflect the additional revenue they generate.

The sheriff intends to use some of the extra revenue to shore up some of his overtime costs at the jail.

The county receives money from other counties that send their inmates to the Fulton County Jail, at the intersection of Harrison Street and Route 29.

Lorey last week requested a budget amendment from the Board of Supervisors' Public Safety Committee to reflect an increase in revenue for 2012 from jail boarders from the $500,000 budgeted to about $620,000, what he now anticipates to come in by year's end.

The committee passed an amendment to the Sheriff's Department budget, which will be considered for final approval at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.

"Herkimer County has not made progress with building their new facility and we continue to receive their overflow," the sheriff said.

Lorey couldn't be reached this morning to say exactly how many more out-side inmates are coming in this year.

Sheriff's Department Capt. David Curtis, the jail administrator, couldn't estimate the figure this morning.

"That number is so fluid," Curtis said. "I can never go by a number."

Lorey told the committee the Fulton County Jail's current boarder revenue this year is about $492,769 as of Sept. 30. He said the department has been receiving an average monthly income from out-of-county jail boarders of about $50,000.

The sheriff said he would like to use about $75,000 of the increased revenue to cover higher personnel costs.

"We want $75,000 of it back to cover increased overtime," Lorey said.

He said funds are needed to cover a shortage in the overtime account through the end of 2012. He said the current balance in that account is only $16,176.

Lorey said the shortage is due to increased coverage from extended illness of staff members, constant supervision and hospital stays, and running "continually" at minimum staffing levels. He said the current overtime is averaging $18,000 per pay period.

He said staff shortages also typically occur during the holidays, when more overtime is needed.

"Staff illness is one of those things you can't predict," Curtis also told the committee.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at johnstown@leaderherald.com.

 
 

 

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