MIFFLINTOWN -Juniata County saved more than $1 million on inmate housing costs for the first fiscal quarter of 2013, according to a report issued Tuesday by the county commissioners.
The report provides details from a comparison of the inmate costs from 2013 with those of the same quarter in 2011. The report shows an estimated savings of $1,158,864.94 over the 2011 costs.
Commissioner Teresa O'Neal said the county incurred significant one-time expenditures after the closing of the Juniata County Prison in 2012, so 2011 was used as the base year for financial assessments.
Since January, Juniata County has paid approximately $20,789 for contract services, $10,509 for indirect costs and $242,928 for direct operating costs - including boarding of prisoners, repairs and maintenance, food, utilities and training. The county was not responsible for paying any personnel costs or benefits. Total operating costs for the first quarter of 2013 were estimated at $274,226, compared to $1,433,091 in 2011.
O'Neal said the board of commissioners continues to review financial records on a daily basis.
The board also intends to make financial reports available on the Juniata County website on an ongoing basis, said Commissioner Robert Reynolds.
Also during the meeting, the board approved a letter of commitment to participate in a 911 regional shared services assessment. Allen Weaver, director of emergency services, said the state will provide between $30,000 to $45,000 to each county for participating in the assessment, which will study the opportunity for regional cooperation in providing emergency services.
Each county purchases its own emergency services equipment at this time, but Weaver said neighboring counties may be able to save costs by sharing equipment. He said Juniata County is part of an 8-county regional taskforce including Mifflin, Snyder, Fulton, Huntingdon, Centre, Blair and Bedford counties.
The assessment will determine whether Juniata County can work with its taskforce neighbors or whether it would be more cost effective to share services with Perry or other counties, he said.
Also during the meeting, the board:
Ratified tax exonerations for Susquehanna Township.
Approved tax exonerations for Thompsontown Borough.
Approved the purchase of a HP LaserJet Pro 400 printer at a cost of $269.99 for the Juniata County Tax Claim Bureau. Funding will be provided through the Juniata County Records Improvement Fund.
Ratified hazardous materials check No. 1,159 in the amount of $145.81 to Wex Bank for fuel.
Acknowledged the resignation of Linsey R. Dressler as sheriff deputy, effective at the end of business on June 28.
Approved the hiring of Justin G. Erb as a Juniata County Children and Youth Services case worker, effective July 8.
Approved the purchase of service agreement between Juniata County Children and Youth Services, the Juniata County Probation Department and Concern Professional Services for Children, Youth and Families, submitted by Penni Abram, children and youth director. The agreement shall be in force and effect from July 1, 2012 through June 30.
Approved check Nos. 37,784 to 37,843 in the amount of $93,815.18.
Acknowledged the Interest Arbitration Award in the Matter of the Employees of Juniata County Independent Correctional Officers of Pennsylvania, Lodge 17.
Reviewed the May 2013 Summary of Collections Report - Fines and Costs, submitted by Jacqueline Leister, magisterial district judge; the Juniata County Adult and Juvenile Probation Department monthly report, prepared by Michelle Beaver, chief probation officer; May 2013 Field Assessment Totals Report, submitted by Jeff Haines, chief assessor; and May 2013 Juniata County Children and Youth Statistical Report, submitted by Abram.
The regular public board meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. June 25 has been canceled.