Park County Jail hits record income
Park County Commissioners sported wide smiles when Park County Jail Captain Monte Gore completed his report on the financial status of the Park County Jail last week. The jail exceeded projected 2003 revenues by over $350,000, for an income of over $1.9 million.
Gore came to the Park County position in 2001, from a similar post in Summit County. Under his direction, the jail has undergone a transformation from operating at a sever loss under private management to that of one of the most financially successful jails in the area.
Currently, the jail is undergoing a $2 million expansion to increase the occupancy capability by another 110 beds. The facility houses only a handful of Park County offenders, while most of the occupants come from overcrowded state, federal and other county facilities that pay Park County a daily fee for their care.
“We passed a recent inspection by the federal government with flying colors,” Gore said in a phone interview. He added that state inspections reported a passing grade, including a 98 percent rating on the jail kitchen. “That’s better than most restaurants in the state,” he said.
According to finance director Kathy Boyce, a recent refinance of a loan for the original construction of the jail will save taxpayers in Park County over $100,000 over the next 12 years.
Gore said that county taxpayers have reaped an addition, sometimes hidden benefit from the jail. Inmates at the jail have provided over 4,000 hours of free labor within the community. They have helped remodel the Fairplay town hall, worked in the county maintenance department, supplied help for the U.S. Forest Service at the ranger station and worked to maintain trails and repair fences, as well as providing labor for fire departments and senior services. “If you figure that at $10 per hour you get over $41,000 in free labor for the people of Park County,” he said.
The jail addition is expected to be complete by this fall and will provide state-ofÐthe-art security as well as expanded facilities.
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