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September 28, 2016

City, county negotiating over prisoner costs at jail

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  • truthserum posted at 6:02 am on Thu, Aug 14, 2014.

    truthserum Posts: 584

    I've got feeling commissioner's court is looking for an excuse to blame a impending tax hike on the county.

    Someone told me the behavior in government officials would turn this way. When you've got a bunch of unqualified people in office, the talk always turns to airing the dirty laundry of indecisiveness in going forward on cuts, of setting expenses, etc.

    Trochesset had better get a grip on these commissioners before they get really out of control. Now Clark is doing the talking on this issue? I've heard Clark is planning - plotting with another on running for Sheriff.

  • RonShelby posted at 1:45 pm on Thu, Aug 14, 2014.

    RonShelby Posts: 1031

    Unfortunately, would anyone be surprised (on the political side)?

    I think that now they have the city in a corner, they think they can bleed more out of them. They're in a corner because the County built a jail with the city in mind as a customer, so that the city could avoid those capital costs. (That's when the City and County worked together really well during Judge Yarbrough's period). Jail costs typically ran about $55 per day when all costs were computed. Wonder how much they think they can jack it up before the city screams and says they will reopen their own jail. Problem is, a new, up to date jail is expensive and a long time to run down those capital costs.

  • gecroix posted at 2:33 pm on Thu, Aug 14, 2014.

    gecroix Posts: 6192

    Anybody who pays their own bills knows that EVERYTHING is more expensive these days under our fundamentally changed economy.
    Is there some reason why Mayor Yarbrough cannot still try to work effectively with the County to get the best deal for the citizens of Galveston, based on the actual costs of services rendered?

  • Justjay posted at 5:29 pm on Thu, Aug 14, 2014.

    Justjay Posts: 146

    Well, I guess the city of galveston feels that the county and other cities should shoulder their fair share of the costs. Build your own jail, house your own prisoners and see how far $42.00 gets you. Unbelievable.

  • mickphalen posted at 6:29 pm on Thu, Aug 14, 2014.

    mickphalen Posts: 754

    Hi truthserum,

    Ken Clark the Enforcer - - it's got a certain ring to it, huh?[smile]