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|Knox County Landfill Could Fund Mary Davis Home Until State Pays Up
|The Knox County Board is trying to come up with ways to support the Mary Davis Home since state funding doesn't seem to be getting paid.
Board member Wayne Saline gave a presentation to the Knox County Board Wednesday night about different options they have to try and get funding to the home without depending on the state to come through. Saline says they have to try and find a way to move forward since the state is so behind on their bills.
Saline presented three different options to help fund the Mary Davis Home. He says the most viable, and the one that has been approved by the Mary Davis Home committee, is where the board can tap into ten percent of the gate receipts from the Knox County Landfill beginning July first. Saline's proposal includes an intention to pay back a loan the board already accepted to help the Home in the past by November 30th, and the Mary Davis Home cannot use the money from the landfill for personnel. Saline tells WGIL there are big negative effects of closing the Mary Davis Home entirely.
"Besides the fact that we would lose approximately 35 employees, the County would have to find other places to house our juveniles," Saline said. "We've averaged 10 (juveniles) a day. And between our cost of housing them at another detention facility, and transportation and renovations to the jail in order to retain them while we were in the process of transporting, we thought it would cost us approximately $1 million a year."
Board member Lyle Johnson voted against the approval of the Mary Davis Home funding option because, he says, he's on the landfill committee and he doesn't want all the money to be taken from the landfill. He also says he was blindsided and that the option was brought to him not through the landfill committee but through the finance committee.
|05 27 09 by Newsroom
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