RSW jail budget proposed

A proposed fiscal year budget for 2016-2017 calls for the Rappahannock-Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail to spend $14.22 million, an increase of $621,218 from last year.

Superintendent William Wilson told the jail authority’s finance and personnel committee Thursday that most of the increase comes from debt service payments. Committee members offered no comments except to agree to mull over the budget before discussing it again at next month’s meeting.

The budget calls for contributions of $2.97 million from Shenandoah County, $4.55 million from Warren County and $618,780 from Rappahannock County, which equal percentages of 37, 56 and 7 percent from the respective jurisdictions.

The jail recorded an average daily inmate population of 334 in January, 6 percent of which came from Rappahannock, 35 percent from Shenandoah, and 59 percent from Warren.

Wilson said in an interview after the meeting that he had worked hard to limit spending to no more than necessary to run the jail effectively.

“We’re trying to keep costs as low as possible,” Wilson said. “We strive to be fiscally responsible.”

Salaries and benefits constitute the largest category in the proposed budget. The $8.89 million for salaries and benefits in fiscal year 2017 is slightly higher than $8.52 million allotted in fiscal year 2016.

The jail authority began negotiations with Page County officials in May 2015 over the possibility of that county joining RSW, but the budget contained no indication of whether an additional jurisdiction may be added in the next year.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com