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March 5, 2013

Stop using new math

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If you will file a Freedom of Information request for the sheriff's medical report, you will find that the PA served two hours on site at the jail and one hour off-site, as reported on the February 2011 report.

Now then, Jefferson County schools taught me how to divide $2,000 per month by the number of hours (3) and it comes out to $666.66 per hour for services rendered. Wow! That is mighty close to $700 isn't it?

This cost per prisoner, per day in Jefferson County for the year 2011 was $81.14, and we cannot ignore the additional cost this is causing the taxpayers of this county.

I had a constituent tell me the other day that all the county had to do to make $3 million was to spend $500,000 on medical care in the upcoming year. How sad that we have elected officials that didn't have the same math teachers that I was afforded so many years ago.

Just so you know, the medical cost went from $300,000 per year to $522,000 per year and that's only a 57 percent increase.

Let's stop using new math and start having complete transparency in our county fiscal matters.

Ted Buck

Mt. Vernon

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