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Sedgwick County Will Head To Court Over Jail Fees

By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email
By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email

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Sedgwick County Commissioners vote Wednesday morning to take their battle with cities over jail fees to court.

The county started charging cities for their municipal jail use in January. The idea, it says, isn't to raise money, but rather to force the cities to cut down on their use to ease overcrowding.

Cities balked at the jail bills and eight of them have refused to pay racking up more than $3 million in unpaid bills.

The cities say the county doesn't have the legal right to charge them and call it double taxation for their residents.

A judge could decide the case in the next few months.


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