- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Toledo is paying most of a $1.4 million bill it owes to a northwest Ohio regional jail that previously warned it could be forced to close without the money, the city’s mayor says.

The nearly $1.1 million payment averts what officials with the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, near Stryker, say would be catastrophic consequences for the 638-bed facility if it doesn’t receive the funds.

Without the city money for the 228 beds used by inmates sentenced out of Toledo’s municipal court, the jail would have only enough funding to operate through Dec. 1, officials say.

Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson said Wednesday the partial payment will cover the city’s share of the regional jail operation through Dec. 13 and the city intends to come up with the rest of the money owed to the jail, The Blade reported (https://bit.ly/1KU6xBn ).

Leaders in Toledo and Lucas County have been arguing over jail costs nearly a year since then-Mayor D. Michael Collins ordered a change in how suspects are charged.

Jim Dennis, the jail’s executive director, said he plans to ask for approval to take partial payment instead of the nearly $1.4 million owed.

“Assuming that it is accepted by the rest of the board, I am hopeful that Toledo and Lucas County will continue to talk and get things worked out on a long-term basis so we don’t have to go through this again in January,” he said. “I am very pleased with the progress.”

Toledo’s payment is believed to be the first incremental payment by a partner in the jail consortium, which also includes Fulton, Henry, and Williams counties.

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

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