Jail authority meets about Page County

FRONT ROYAL —  Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Authority met Thursday and discussed a request by Page County to join the regional jail near Front Royal.

Both the authority board as well as the finance and personnel committee met in closed session to discuss Page County’s possible inclusion in the regional jail. Both sessions totaled almost 2 1/2 hours.

Although no decisions or announcements were made, authority Chairman and Warren County Administrator Doug Stanley said they are still “in a study period” regarding Page County’s inclusion.

That county requested in January to join the jail in order to house its prisoners there.

After Thursday’s meeting, Stanley said the authority still has a goal of notifying Page County either way by July 1.

“At some point we’ll have to make a decision whether that’s going … to happen or not,” Stanley said. “We’re not in any position right now to say to them yes or no.”

At the March 26 authority meeting, Stanley presented a report indicating that the jail would reach its maximum occupancy by 2025 with Page County’s inclusion.

According to its monthly report, the regional jail now has an average of 335 inmates from the three counties.

The authority also passed its fiscal year 2016 budget on Thursday. It totals $13.3 million and is 19 percent higher than the $10.9 million 2015 budget.

The finalized budget also contains an expected revenue of just over $6 million for the jail, with a total of $7.56 million in contributions from Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren counties.

The budget’s increase also includes a 2 percent cost of living salary for all staff effective July 1, Stanley said.

Contact staff writer Kevin Green at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kgreen@nvdaily.com