The Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the County Attorney’s Office have partnered to purchase a van that could save money on the transportation of juveniles.
The Sheriff’s Office currently must transport juveniles from Lexington to Winchester for court appearances, which ties up a patrol car and at least two office employees for every two juveniles.
Deputies also pick up juveniles from Mount Sterling.
Deputies pick up five to 10 juveniles a week, requiring three to five trips per patrol car.
“If the sheriff doesn’t have enough deputies, he may have to have one person make multiple trips,” Clark County Attorney Brian Thomas said.
With a 50-mile round trip and an average of 300 miles per week, Thomas used the 2012 IRS reimbursable rate of 55 1/2 cents to calculate a cost of about $8,658 a year for juvenile transportation. At 500 miles per week, the cost could be as much as $14,300. That’s without the cost of paying the salaries of two employees to make each trip.