“You know, this went on for too long, it really has. I am so over this jail thing. We do need a jail. I understand that, but at the end of the day, we have to pay for it,” says Vigo County Councilman, Bill Thomas, at a meeting Monday night.
The problem isn’t whether or not a new jail is necessary.
According to the private law firm’s financial analysis. They estimate $2.5 million per year in savings available for debt service in a new facility.
The problem is that nobody can agree on a way to pay for a new facility. One of the ideas tossed around has been to implement a local option income tax.
Councilman Thomas says it could be a little over 3 percent, and he’s not okay with it.
“I would like to see it paid for by a wide variety of people over a broader area to where we’re not just penalizing the working man. And there again, I’m a district elected councilman, and my people cannot afford $36/month,” says Thomas.
The American Civil Liberties Union has been coming down hard on the jail–mostly about issues caused by overcrowding.
That falls back on the Vigo County Sheriff’s department. During Monday’s meeting, Sheriff Ewing spoke up and said, “I’m tired of being sued by the ACLU.”
According to Sheriff Ewing, 113 inmates are being housed in neighboring counties, which is costing nearly $4,000 per day.