WICHITA — The city of Wichita and Sedgwick County have struck a proposed agreement to settle jail fees.
The county began charging cities an hourly fee in 2008 to house inmates in jail only on municipal charges. When some cities, including Wichita, refused to pay the fees, the county sued. Other cities already have settled with the county.
The city owes about $10.3 million from Jan. 1, 2008, to the present, a release from the county today said.
As part of the proposed agreement, the county will settle the debt incurred before Jan. 1 at 37 percent of its value. The city will pay fees after that date under the settlement.
The county will accept properties for the debt:
* The Work Release Center building and land at 701 W. Harry, valued at $750,000.
* The Health Department building and land at 1900 E. Ninth St., with a lease of $1 per year for a 10-year term. After that, the property will go to the county and the city will vacate the building. The lease has been valued at about $1.3 million and the property at about $1.3 million.
* Unimproved parcels in Furley valued at $1.8 million.
The Wichita City Council is expected to discuss the proposed settlement Tuesday, and commissioners are expected to discuss it Wednesday.
Read more in Tuesday's Eagle.