Vetoed provisions of the State Budget

Hidden deep in the state budget was a provision to increase the reimbursement of the state’s portion for housing state prisoners in county jails.  This is a cost burden carried out on behalf of the state by local counties.  The actual cost for housing these state prisoners is $49 (in Chatham County).  The state currently reimburses counties only $20 per state prisoner.  Bi-partisan legislation was introduced in the Senate by Eric Johnson and Regina Thomas to raise the reimbursement to $30, but lowered in the House to $25 per state prisoner. 

Governor Sonny Perdue vetoed this legislation.  And in fact, when concerned citizens from Savannah tried to call his office and ask why, they were told they needed to pose their questions and concerns in writing. 

What’s odd and should be somewhat concerning to all tax payers is that the state reimburses private prisons the FULL cost of housing state prisoners.  Why can the state reimburse private prisons but not local counties for the full cost of housing state prisoners? 

The State of Georgia should not be passing unfunded liabilities onto county taxpayers.  Local taxpayers pay higher property taxes because of unfunded liabilities. 


  1. Bull Moose says:

    Ugh, I can’t believe no one is concerned with this. The fishes got $19 million but counties paying for prisoners get nothing but an unfunded liability?

    Come on.

    Talk like a conservative, act like a conservative, govern like a conservative.

  2. Bill Simon says:

    Ah, Bull..don’t worry. Karma has a habit of making itself known in odd ways at odd times.

    One day, after Sonny is out of office, he will be tooling around his home county of Houston in his brand new John Deere, and a gang of escaped convicts from the Houston County Jail will force him to stop his tractor, throw him to the ground and steal the tractor.

    Later on, it will be determined that the convicts were really state prisoners that were released because the jail could no longer afford to house them.

  3. Bull Moose says:

    I think that counties need to bus the state prisoners to the state pen and handcuff them to the gates. Or perhaps drive them to the Governor’s Mansion and let Sonny deal with them himself.

    This is costing local taxpayers A LOT of money.

    This is the type of stuff that drives me crazy. If the state would take care of their responsibility, local property taxes wouldn’t have to be so high!

    Congratulations State for passing the buck!

  4. Skeptical says:

    But the more that crowd our local jails, the more that those who cheer on privatization will rejoice. Just see – the state and local peeps can’t handle it, just sign this here contract and we’ll take care of the rest…

    But like you, it pisses me off to no end that my property taxes will increase again this year for crap like this.

  5. bowersville says:

    And just think, if we (property owners) were getting back that modicum that Sonny vetoed, it would be enough to pay the difference.

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