Jail budget of $14 million nearing approval

FRONT ROYAL – The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Authority is edging toward approval of a budget that calls for around $14 million in expenditures for fiscal year 2017.

The authority’s Finance and Personnel Committee discussed the proposed budget Thursday but postponed a vote until May 26 when the full Regional Jail Authority will also meet.

Salaries and benefits are the largest item in the budget proposal. Superintendent William Wilson said he expected the total will be somewhere between $8.7 million and $8.8 million.

Debt service of $3 million on general obligation bonds is the second largest item among projected expenditures.

Contracted service for items such as maintenance, accounting, health care and legal services account for another $798,000. Utilities and materials and supplies are also listed as major expenditures of more than $600,000.

On the revenue side, the budget projects contributions of about $2.7 million from Shenandoah County, $4.7 million from Warren and $485,000 from Rappahannock.

On another matter, Wilson told the committee that the jail is still trying to fill two vacancies for licensed practical nurses. Wilson said he had been hopeful about the progress of one applicant for the nursing job who had made it as far as a background check.

“That did not work out, unfortunately,” Wilson said. “We’re still looking.”

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