Commissioners address jail $$ issues
by Rick Haverinen, Staff Writer Sun Journal April 21, 2016
SOUTH PARIS — The Oxford County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night (April 19) heard an update regarding the ongoing jail-funding shortfall.
Oxford County Administrator Scott Cole said Oxford County has been turned back by the state Legislature three times now for raising the tax cap limiting jail operations funding.
He said Oxford County should expect to receive $74,000 in state funding for jail operation, but the county is running a $59,000 deficit as a result of payments to Cumberland County for boarding inmates.
LePage vetoes bill to provide added funding to county jails
He says, 'If the counties are responsible for operating the jails, then the counties
should also be responsible for paying the costs of the jails.'
from staff reports Portland Press Herald April 23, 2016
Gov. Paul LePage on Friday vetoed a bill that would earmark an additional $2.4 million this year and next for the state’s county jails, drawing criticism from central Maine Democrats who said residents of the region will shoulder the burden if the legislation isn’t upheld.
The bill, L.D. 1614, was sponsored by state Sen. Kim Rosen, R-Hancock, and won approval in the House with a 115-32 vote. It was approved in the Senate “under the hammer” – or unanimously without a roll call.
In his veto letter to the Legislature, LePage says, “If the counties are responsible for operating the jails, then the counties should also be responsible for paying the costs of the jails.”