By Roxanne McKnight
Limestone County commissioners approved a series of budget transfers at their July 27 meeting to keep an adequate amount of funds available for inmate medical care.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen had noted that only $2,000 remained in the budget for inmate medical care for this fiscal year, which doesn’t end until Sept. 30, but the monthly expense is much higher than that.
County Auditor Debbie Watson said medical expenses for inmates had been averaging about $24,000 monthly.
“We have estimated at least $20,000 a month for medical, so that’s up to $40,000 (for two months),” Watson said, “We did the calculation based on averages for inpatient, outpatient and all that as well. We anticipate it could be up to $46,000.”
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