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Stow expected to pay more to house prisoners in Macedonia

by Jeff Saunders | reporter Published: August 14, 2016 12:00 AM
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Stow -- The jailing of prisoners arrested by city police officers is expected to cost more this year than last year.

City Council unanimously approved Aug. 11 an ordinance increasing this year's appropriation for the city to use the Macedonia City Jail from $65,100 to $76,843.52.

Police Chief Jeff Film said during Council's finance committee meeting, before the regular Council meeting, that the original appropriation was based on last year's costs, but the city is on pace to send more prisoners to the jail than in 2015.

Film told the Stow Sentry that some of the increase is due to the Stow Municipal Court ordering the jailing of more people.

The city uses the Macedonia City Jail for those charged with misdemeanors only, while felony cases go to the Summit County Jail. Film said Macedonia charges Stow $85 daily per prisoner, plus $30 for video arraignments from the jail, which saves Stow police the time and expense of transporting prisoners to the court.

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