LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mike Neustrom is asking the municipalities of Carencro, Scott, Youngsville, Broussard, and Duson for more money for housing inmates at the parish jail.
KATC reports (http://bit.ly/18qUDBj) that the five municipalities do not contribute directly to funding the jail or the parish communication system. However, in 2012 the cities contributed over $34 million to the Sheriff's Office through three separate property millages. The city of Lafayette pays for its inmates housed at the parish jail and has its own communication system.
The sheriff is proposing that each town be charged based on how many inmates are housed at the jail.
Carencro Mayor Pro Tem L. J. Boudreaux says he doesn't think Carencro needs to pay more.
"It's about how do we remain fiscally sound and have an agency that is prepared to walk into one of these communities and provide the level of assistance we provide every day," Capt. Kip Judice of the Sheriff's Office said.
It costs the sheriff's office $54 per day to house an inmate, according to KATC.
"I mean he's asking us to take money out of our tax roll from the citizens to pay this, why don't he just go to the voters as a whole," Boudreaux said.
"By state law, it's the sheriff's responsibility because of the tax money he receives to run the jail. Why should we contribute additional dollars," Boudreaux said.
Judice said the extra money his office wants from each of the cities is to offset higher jail and dispatch costs due to the ongoing growth of those cities.
The Sheriff's proposals will have to be formally presented to each city, and then approved by each council.
There's no timetable for when that might happen.
Information from: KATC-TV, http://katc.com