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Watchdog group raises concerns over Juvenile Detention Center

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Inside the Woodbury County Juvenile Detention Center Inside the Woodbury County Juvenile Detention Center
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

When it comes to Woodbury County's budget, concern was raised about how much taxpayers are footing the bill for Woodbury County's Juvenile Detention Center.

James Van Bruggen with the Taxpayers Research Council went before the board to state his case.

He claimed taxpayers in the county are paying more than $300,000 in past fiscal years for the facility.

Van Bruggen thinks one of the solutions to offset this cost would be to charge outside counties, that send juveniles to the Woodbury County center, more money per day.

"The County taxpayer shouldn't be paying for out of county and out of state individuals, and the state's actually paying over $100,000 for those individuals as well. So, there's no reason Woodbury County should be subsidizing out of state, out of county juveniles," Van Bruggen said.

Board members said the Juvenile Detention Center generates hundreds of thousands of dollars from other counties, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and state grants.

But, supervisor Mark Monson said the rates they're charging are worth taking another look at.

"I think we probably need to evaluate how much we are charging and what others are charging for similar services elsewhere in the Midwest," Monson said.

And, Van Bruggen plans to check in with the board about their research into the detention center within the next few months.

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