Savannah area may see tax hike to hire jailers - FOX 26 News | MyFoxHouston

Savannah area may see tax hike to hire jailers

Posted: Updated:

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Savannah-area homeowners may see their property taxes increase to help pay for more staff at the Chatham County jail.

The Savannah Morning News reports Chatham County Sheriff Al St. Lawrence is asking to hire 94 new jailers at an annual coast of about $7.4 million. The additional staff is needed as the 1,224-bed jail expands to house more than 1,700 inmates.

County Manager Russ Abolt says adding that many positions will likely require a property tax increase "of some consequence."

The sheriff says he'll offset the cost somewhat by housing federal inmates at the jail for $70 a day. He signed a contract Tuesday with the U.S. Marshals Service. The sheriff says the contract should be worth about $1 million in revenues for the jail.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Things get heated with prosecutors and defense In Barajas trial

    Things get heated with prosecutors and defense In Barajas trial

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:23:34 GMT
    Prosecutors continue to present their case that it was David Barajas who shot the driver who killed his children back in December of 2012.Fox 26's Ashley Johnson covered day four of this case in Angleton.Today the investigator who collected all swabs and DNA samples from that deadly night took the stand.He was questioned for hours from both sides. The defense alluded to the fact he failed to do an efficient investigation by not collecting certain pieces of evidence from the scene.( Now from c...
    Prosecutors continue to present their case that it was David Barajas who shot the driver who killed his children back in December of 2012.Fox 26's Ashley Johnson covered day four of this case in Angleton.Today the investigator who collected all swabs and DNA samples from that deadly night took the stand.He was questioned for hours from both sides. The defense alluded to the fact he failed to do an efficient investigation by not collecting certain pieces of evidence from the scene.( Now from c...
  • Mayor Parker proposes less rewarding pension for incoming Houston firefighters

    Mayor Parker proposes less rewarding pension for incoming Houston firefighters

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:27 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:27:14 GMT
    While never a path to big time prosperity, the career of firefighting in Houston is about to get a lot less lucrative over the long run.
    While never a path to big time prosperity, the career of firefighting in Houston is about to get a lot less lucrative over the long run.
  • NRG Astrodome survey results released

    NRG Astrodome survey results released

    Friday, August 22 2014 1:23 PM EDT2014-08-22 17:23:01 GMT
    The results of a survey commissioned by the Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo could decide the ultimate fate of the NRG Astrodome.
    The results of a survey commissioned by the Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo could decide the ultimate fate of the NRG Astrodome.
Powered by WorldNow

KRIV FOX 26
4261 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

Phone: (713) 479-2801
Fax: (713) 479-2859

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices