Proposed deal for regional jail between 2 Kentucky counties falls apart

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CATLETTSBURG, Kentucky — A proposal for a regional jail in northeast Kentucky aimed at saving taxpayers money has fallen apart.

Carter County and Boyd County fiscal courts voted unanimously to dissolve the interlocal agreement Tuesday.

The jail was proposed in 2012 with the goal of expanding and retaining federal prisoners housed in the counties' facilities and saving taxpayer money.

Boyd County Judge-Executive William "Bud"?Stevens told The Independent ( ) he supported the jail, but Carter County Judge-Executive Charles Wallace sent a letter on Aug. 6, saying the Carter County Fiscal Court is backing out of the agreement.

During the Boyd fiscal court meeting Tuesday, Stevens said, "If one fiscal court drops out, the other has no choice."

The Carter fiscal court also unanimously passed the first readings of two ordinances Tuesday to revoke its involvement in the regional jail.

The proposed jail faced opposition from the start, with some in Carter County saying it wasn't a good use of taxpayer funds.

Wallace said the jail was just a "plan to help the county jail get back on its feet." The Carter County fiscal court lost hundreds of thousands of dollars because it had not been contracted with the federal marshal service since 2007, Wallace said.

"This was just a plan to turn the jail around. It worked,"?he said. "The jail is more profitable now."

Information from: The Independent,

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