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Ottawa County Jail Budget Concerns

The Ottawa County Jail loses contracted housing for more than 30 state inmates since May 1st.
The Ottawa County Jail loses contracted housing for more than 30 state inmates since May 1st.
The Ottawa County Jail loses contracted housing for more than 30 state inmates since May 1st.
MIAMI, OK.--- The loss of state inmates in the Ottawa County Jail cuts the departments budget by almost 90%. 

"I understand their point in wanting to get it down because they're wanting to spend money for county backup, but I also wish they would've given us a year or two to get ready to make up for the shortfall that's going to be in the budget," said Terry Durborow, Ottawa County Sheriff.

For the last 15 years, the county's jail has held Department of Correction inmates for up to 90 days until the state could make room for them. The county jail is paid $27 a day per inmate. 

"Over the course of the last year, I ran some numbers and that has resulted in about $424,000 of revenue for my department," said Sheriff Durborow. 

Recently, the state started pulling prisoners early, leaving them in the county jail for only seven days.

"I started out, I had 41 in May. And like I say, I'm down to four now. So it's a pretty significant cut," he said. 

In fact, that has cut almost $350,000 of revenue from the sheriff's office. 

"Now, myself and the existed board county commissioners, we're all working together trying to scramble to find enough money to keep the department in operation, not make too much of a shortfall to keep us running," he said. 

No cuts have been made yet, but Sheriff Durborow says one compromise the office refuses to make is the quality of service provided for county residents

"The people deserve to have a deputy come out when they call. So I don't know it's a real fine line that I'm walking trying to figure this out," he said. 
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