Commissioners approve 2016 appropriations

Budget includes opening of third incarceration facility pod

Cecilia Fox -

MIAMI COUNTY — At their meeting Tuesday, the Miami County Commissioners approved the county’s 2016 appropriations, which include the opening of a third pod at the incarceration facility.

The approved appropriations total about $30.2 million, which is a 3.8 percent increase over last year. The 2016 general fund revenues are estimated to be $24.6 million.

“We obviously don’t expect to spend all of that and the general fund revenue is always projected very conservatively,” Commissioner Jack Evans said. He pointed out that the amount of revenue the county expects to receive is dependent on sales taxes and funds from the State of Ohio.

The increase is largely due to the opening of a third pod at the incarceration facility, Commissioner Bud O’Brien explained. It also reflects a full year of operations in the facility’s other two pods. The 2016 budget also accounts for normal inflationary increases associated with operating a county, O’Brien said.

In 2016, the county incarceration facility will begin the process of opening a third pod to expand housing for female inmates.

Currently the county spends about $55 a day on each female inmate housed out of county. There are on average around 45 female inmates housed both at the downtown location and in Shelby County. The county may pursue renting space in the third pod to other counties.

The commissioners thanked all the department heads for their work on the budget.

“Overall the county is in a very good financial position,” Commissioner Richard Cultice said.

In other business, the commissioners approved an agreement between the -Clark County Juvenile Court and Department of Job and Family Servces and the Miami County Court and the David L. Brown Youth Center for child placement services.

The county will also contract with Accu-Medical Waste Service for the pickup and proper disposal of sharps needles at a cost not to exceed $25 per 30 gallon container. Disposal containers can be found at the Miami County Sanitary Engineering Department, Miami County Public Health, the Tipp City and Piqua Police Departments, the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, and the Miami County Incarceration Facility.

Budget includes opening of third incarceration facility pod

Cecilia Fox