- Associated Press - Saturday, August 16, 2014

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Woodbury County will soon charge outside entities more to house young offenders at its juvenile detention center, a move expected to generate an additional $100,000 a year for the county.

Starting Aug. 24, the northwestern Iowa county will charge agencies $150 a day per young person, up from the current $100, the Sioux City Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1m5ky2W ).

The new rate is in line with what other facilities charge. One in Cherokee charges $150 per juvenile a day, and the center at Council Bluffs charges $165.

“It is time for the rate to go up,” said County Board Chairman George Boykin, of Sioux City.

The Taxpayer Research Council, a Sioux City watchdog group, recommended increasing the fee during county budget talks in February.

The county has agreements with Dakota County, Nebraska; Union County, South Dakota; and the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs to handle housing for all young residents awaiting court cases.

The agreements date to 2008 and have not seen an increase since they were signed.

In the 2012-13 fiscal year, outside agencies provided $233,000 in reimbursements and the state of Iowa gave $381,560 to the county, leaving $1.06 million for Woodbury County to cover.

The change in the middle of a budget year is problematic for those outside agencies that rely on the Woodbury County Juvenile Detention Center, said Terry Kern, director of Dakota County Corrections.

Kern said his 2014-15 budget has already been set, meaning he may have to find another facility to house juveniles at some point in the next year.

But Dakota County has no plans to end its agreement with Woodbury County, he said.

“Everything goes up,” he said. “It is not a deal killer. We’ve had a great relationship with (Woodbury County).”


Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com



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