Levelized billing agreed upon by city and county

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"It wasn't necessarily a problem that we had, it was an opportunity we had to resolve an issue. We have resolved it," said Craighead County Judge, Dale Haas.

The issue, both Jonebsoro Mayor Harold Perrin and Craighead County Judge Dale Haas, say involved the costs of housing city inmates in the couny jail.  The resolution they say is a levelized billing plan.  It's a fixed amount from the city to the county each month.

"This will get this in the county's coffers, and hopefully offset the cost of the jail.   We're not trying to make money with the jail.   Our goal is to break this thing off as close to even as possible,"said Haas.

Here are the dollar amounts, which includes 3 percent annual increases, that the city will pay to the county each month over the next four years.  That's the length of the contract.

August 1, 2009 - December 31, 2010   $133, 174.00

January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011  $137, 169.22

January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012  $141, 284.29

January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013  $145, 522.81

"Well we came up with the figures of his actual cost of jail operation, and then we came up with what percentage of our jail utilization was," said Harold Perrin.

Mayor Perrin says having a fixed amount each month is a plus for the city's pocketbook.

"Now it's going to be a lot easier to budget because we know exactly what our costs are going to be," said Perrin.

Both  Haas and Perrin say the agreement was reached because of open communication between the city and county.  They say that communication is something both will continue in order to make this plan work.

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