Maine county jail budget approved for year

Posted July 20, 2010, at 6:26 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A $79 million budget for Maine’s county jails has been approved for the fiscal year that started July 1. The $79 million represents a 1.2 percent growth rate.

The state Board of Corrections voted Monday on the last of 16 county correctional services budgets.

Board Chairman Neale Duffett says months of efforts by many county officials have resulted in savings for taxpayers without compromising correctional services.

Somerset County was the last of the county budgets to be approved by the board. Its budget totaled $6.3 million.

Somerset County Jail houses inmates from several Maine counties as well as some from the state Department of Corrections.

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