- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - Saginaw County officials plan to rent out jail cells to other jurisdictions in an effort to cover an expected budget shortfall, instead of putting a property tax increase before voters.

The Saginaw News (https://bit.ly/1Nkoe47 ) reports county commissioners rejected a recommendation to bump up the total tax rate. The Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to put a millage proposal on an August ballot that would put together two expiring millages that support county sheriff operations.

County board chairman Michael Hanley said commissioners thought originally that raising the tax rate was the only way to cover an $820,000 budget gap.

Sheriff William Federspiel says that by renting out beds at $45 a day per inmate, he expects to garner enough money to bridge the budget shortfall by holding 50 to 60 inmates from elsewhere regularly.

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Information from: The Saginaw News, https://www.mlive.com/saginaw

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