Monday, October 21, 2013

The city and the Sherriff's office have come to an agreement

They found about $2 million to put toward implementing consent decree reforms this year.

Not sure how that affects the budgeting process for 2014, though.
The court order, however, specifies that “nothing in this agreement obligates the city to provide specific levels of funding in 2014 and beyond.”

That means the City Council must sort out who must pay, and how much, next year and onward.
“While today marks an important milestone, the hard work is only beginning,” U.S. District Court Judge Lance Africk wrote in his order approving the agreement.

The city must continue to pay the sheriff $22.39 per inmate, per day, as mandated by a decades-old court order.

The mayor presented his proposed budget for 2014 to the City Council last week, but included no funding for the jail consent decree. The administration said it was leaving it up to the council to decide how much the city should pay to implement the reforms.
Looks like they'll be digging under more couch cushions. 

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