FARMINGTON, Maine — A top State Board of Corrections official says the Maine county jail system is facing a $2.5 million budget shortfall this year.
The comment from executive director Ryan Thornell came in response to a decision by Franklin County Commissioners on Tuesday to reject a $50,000 increase in its assessment from the state.
Thornell said the county's reduced payment is the least of its problems in light of the $2.5 million shortfall, which stems from a series of revenue problems, including a projected $500,000 decline in payments by the federal government for federal inmates held in county jails.
The Morning Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1xRhNgp ) reports that Thornell says the counties have little alternative than to engage in deficit spending to run the state's 15 county jails.
Information from: Morning Sentinel, http://www.onlinesentinel.com/
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