Yellowstone County commissioners indicated support for a pilot proposal to relieve jail crowding by diverting inmates, but told proponents on Monday they wanted more information.
Yellowstone County commissioners will review a plan to ease jail crowding and explore possible funding with the county’s finance director and sheriff at their Nov. 10 discussion meeting.
By a 2-1 vote, the Yellowstone County commissioners approved the 2015 budget Tuesday morning, with money available if the county decides to expand the jail.
With a combination of protested tax distributions and county funds, Yellowstone County can scrape together the estimated $7 million it needs to expand to add 100 new beds to relieve crowding at the jail.
If other counties are going to use the Yellowstone County jail to house their prisoners, they can help pay for jail expansion costs.
The estimated cost of expanding the Yellowstone County jail got a little higher on Tuesday with no clear way for how the county would pay for it.
Yellowstone County commissioners started crunching budget numbers on Monday morning as they began a week of formal hearings on the proposed 2015 budget.
Heading into a new budget year, Yellowstone County’s financial picture generally looks good.
Yellowstone County commissioners on Tuesday selected Schutz Foss Architects of Billings for a project to expand the jail.
Four local architecture firms submitted proposals to be considered by Yellowstone County for a project to expand the jail.