- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Toledo officials say the city might not be able to pay its quarterly bill for housing inmates at a regional jail, creating uncertainty about the facility’s future operations.

Toledo law director Adam Loukx told the correctional facility’s financial overview committee on Wednesday that the city doesn’t have the money in its budget pay its part of the jail’s operating cost, due Oct. 1, The (Toledo) Blade reports (http://bit.ly/1ioV3hv ).

“The city’s financial shape is such that we do not have a lot of funds,” Loukx said. “Today, we don’t have any appropriations, and I don’t have the ability to tell you that we will or won’t on Oct. 1 have any additional monies.”

Facility officials said the shortfall in nearly $1.4 million in revenue from Toledo could result in staff cuts at the regional jail, known as the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.

Toledo’s bill is based on the 228 beds it has reserved at the 638-bed facility in Stryker.

Former Williams County Sheriff Alan Word, a member of the facility’s finance overview committee, said the jail would only have enough money to operate through Dec. 1 if Toledo does not pay. That could cause some of the facility’s 200 staff members to lose their jobs.

“What we are witnessing is the demise of CCNO because it cannot operate,” Word said. “With a shortfall we will not make it through the end of the year.”

Dennis Sullivan, the jail’s director of security and operations, said the funding gap caused by Toledo not paying would mean the facility will only have enough money to operate 108 beds.

Pete Gerken, a Lucas County commissioner and regional jail board member, says a stabilization plan has been offered to the city to resolve the dispute, but so far Toledo has not accepted it.

The financial overview committee wants the jail’s governing board to meet Sept. 25 to review its options.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

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