Budget shows facility viable
by BRIAN GRAVES Banner Staff Writer
Aug 18, 2014 | 593 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A new Bradley County Workhouse could pay for itself over a 10-year period if estimates presented to the ad hoc committee held true.

That committee voted last week to adjourn until both Sheriff-elect Eric Watson and a new Bradley County Commission took office.

Estimates given by Cope Architects show a total cost of $2,806,190 if what could be called the “premier” option were accepted.

That would include the maximum-envisioned facility to house 128 inmates, 3,222 square feet of probation offices and an addition of a food area and rental space that could be utilized by services related to the court and probation system such as bail bonds.

County misdemeanor probation director Rich Kienlen has presented monthly expense estimates of $78,277 for such a facility.

That includes a $23,334 payment on the building, $7,517 for food, $8,333 medical insurance, $2,800 for utilities, $2,500 for office supplies, $1,500 for other supplies and materials, $1,500 for maintenance and $1,500 fro training.

The estimates on monthly revenue would exceed the expense estimates by $15,000 if the facility housed 25 state inmates with all remaining spaces filled with county inmates as well as the extra rental space being utilized.

Twenty-five state inmates would account for $26,250 per month while 103 county inmates would add $20 per day or $61,800.

Under those circumstances, the workhouse could bring in $93,550 a month.

If only 82 county prisoners were housed along with the 25 state inmates, the total revenue would equal $80,950.

The ad hoc committee is planning to meet again in mid-October for more discussions.