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April 4, 2013

Inmate medical costs escalating

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Local officials are hoping that number will be reduced when Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees are returned to the jail, although it appears that won't happen for at least 30 days.

"The good thing about ICE is they pay like clockwork," said White. "We're already in the hole for $238,000 … and still no potential ending in sight before we can get ICE back."

The county is looking at a monthly shortfall of more than $42,000 based on averages of expenses and revenue over the past four months.

The County Board will meet in special session at 6 p.m. today to discuss the budget crises.

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