Gage County Formulating Budget, While Beatrice Six Discussions Continue

BEATRICE – Gage County officials are working toward finalizing the county’s budget for the new fiscal year, while attorney discussions continue about how to pay the $28.1 million judgment against Gage County is the Beatrice Six case.

Supervisors were scheduled to hold another closed session Wednesday with various attorneys working on the case and its financial implications.

Board Chairman Myron Dorn said the closed session involved a legal firm from Omaha about potential methods of paying the judgment, along with a conference call with a Kansas City firm regarding financial information.

:32                  “doing nothing”

Officials are awaiting word on whether the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the county’s appeal of the case, not likely to be known until the fall, at the earliest.

In the meantime, County Finance Committee Chairman Erich Tiemann says a hold-the-line position on the budget, is preferred.  Board member Terry Jurgens says most elected officials submitted plans that contain small increases.

:20                  “as we could”

One budget where that will not happen is in the Gage County Detention Center, where Tiemann says inmate population continues to run high.

:16                  “going further”

Dorn says the inmate count has been over 40…and sometimes over 50.  The jail was designed only to house about 30 prisoners.   Gage County has been paying to house several prisoners in outside facilities.

:18                  “we’re full”

Gage County Attorney Roger Harris says county law enforcement is governed by federal and state laws and standards regarding the holding of prisoners.

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