County legislators to consider more money for jail

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Sheriff’s Department has requested a budget transfer of $200,000 to address ongoing housing problems at the Oswego County jail.

The correctional facility has exceeded its capacity.

The legislature will consider the request at tomorrow’s meeting.

Sheriff Reuel “Moe” Todd had requested $600,000 to address the problem, however, County Administrator Phil Church recommended the $200,000 amount. Todd will return to the legislature for more funds when needed.

During last week’s Finance and Personnel Committee, Legislator Art Ospelt said the reduction in the amount requested was done so that the issue remains in the forefront of the public.

By requesting money throughout the year, the public can be aware of the strains the state is placing on the county budget.

“They should change some policies,” Ospelt said in regard to the state.

One half of the $100,000 budgeted for the jail for this year has already been exhausted.

Inmates must be housed in facilities in other counties and those counties require reimbursement. The sheriff’s department budget must also pay the cost of transporting inmates to those facilities.

-Look for the full story in the Wednesday edition of the Valley News…

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