Adair County discussing ways to keep jail open

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Updated: 10/16/2013 9:22 am Published: 10/15/2013 4:41 pm

Tight budgets could close the doors to a local jail.

Last week, FOX23 reported Adair County was working to find a way to pay its dispatchers. Now, officials met to see how they could also keep the jail doors open.

FOX23's Dontaye Carter was at the meeting to see what county leaders are looking to do.

Some talked about raising taxes, others talked about cutting the staff at the jail, but they're still looking for answers.

"We've got to live within our budget," said Bill Langley, a jail board trust member.

The Jail Trust Authority worked in the special meeting. The board is set to run out of money for the jail by February.

"At that time we need something to fall back on because closing the jail financially would not be an option for this county," said Sheriff David Hardin.

Hardin estimates if the jail closes, it could cost the county $100,000 to feed, house and move inmates to other facilities.

"We're all county residents; we're going to have to make this work. We're all headed in the same direction," said Hardin.

"We brought this to a head before we are completely out of money," said Langley.

They hope to get those answers before it's too late.

"We've got to address a tax increase, whatever the public wants, do they want an ad valerom tax increase, a sales tax increase, what are they willing to accept?" said Langley.

One of the state senators at Tuesday's meeting said this county can't afford to have a jail. Another meeting discussing the jail is set up for Oct. 28 at 9:30 a.m.

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