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April 30, 2007

Albany - Each year it costs Dougherty County taxpayers close to $800,000 to house state inmates. Hopefully it won't anymore.

Each county holds state inmates until the state can find room for them in a prison. In Dougherty County, it costs about $45 a day per inmate. Until now, the state only reimbursed counties for $20 a day. Now, the state will add an additional $5.

County Administrator Richard Crowdis said, "That will certainly help our general fund. We certainly appreciate our state delegation voting for the approval and passage for this bill."

The last supplement increase was about 8 years ago. On any given day, the Dougherty County jail houses about 83 state inmates. The extra money will save the county about $150,000 a year.

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