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Cost-saving measures to keep jail open

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OSAGE (KWWL) -- The Mitchell County sheriff is suggesting $140,000 in cost-saving measures to keep the county jail open.

Sheriff Curt Younker's proposal includes the closing of part of the jail to reduce utility costs, and reducing jail staff by two full-time employees.

Younker also suggests having jailers doing the cleaning; eliminating health insurance for jailers on a voluntary basis; having officers and jailers wash patrol cars; and preparing meals in-house.

Budget concerns have pushed the Mitchell County Board of Supervisors to consider closing the 12-bed jail and sending prisoners to other county jails.

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