Riley County to pay $16,000 more in funding for juvenile facility

The regional juvenile detention facility that includes Riley County is asking the county for an additional $16,000 in 2018, a 21-percent jump from 2017.

Shawn Brandmahl, executive director of the North Central Kansas Regional Juvenile Detention Facility, went over some of the reasons the share of the budget saw a significant increase from last year during Thursday’s Riley County Commission meeting.

The facility takes in youth from 15 counties who together pay an $850,000 total budget each year. The amount each of those counties pays depends on the number of days an offender uses one of the facility’s beds.

Instead of calculating each county’s share of the budget on a per-day basis, the facility bases its funding formula on a rolling average of days used in a five-year period.

While the overall occupancy rate of the facility has dropped from 92 percent in 2012 to almost 65 percent in 2016, the number of days Riley County offenders used the facility has increased each year since 2013. The almost 30-percent e-point drop in occupancy of the facility has also increased the average cost per day from $83 in 2012 to $168 in 2016.

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