HARRODSBURG - The cost of running the Boyle County Detention Center and the debt service on the loans to build the facility were almost three-quarters of a million dollars more than the jail took in during the last fiscal year.
Members of the joint jail committee were given those figures at the committee's regular monthly meeting Friday. The loss amounted to $741,188 and was paid for by contributions from both counties.
The lockup is in Danville, but its costs are paid jointly by Boyle and Mercer counties. How much each county pays is based on a formula determined by the percentage of inmates from each county. During the 2002-2003 fiscal year, Mercer County's share was 35 percent, but it is 36 percent for the 2003-2004 fiscal year. Consequently, Boyle County pays 64 percent this year.
During the previous fiscal year, jail revenues exceeded jail costs only one month of the year. In the remaining 11 months, losses exceeded revenues. Expenses for the year were $1.69 million while revenues were $954,150.