The nine cities that paid an hourly fee Sedgwick County began charging in 2008 to house inmates in jail on municipal charges will get an 85 percent refund, commissioners decided today.
Staff had recommended refunding 80 percent of what those cities paid, or about $112,000 altogether. But a majority of commissioners today supported refunding 85 percent of the fees.
The county sued several cities, including Wichita, that refused to pay the fees. Those cities eventually settled to pay back fees from 2008 and 2009 at 26 to 37 percent of what they owed.
All cities have agreed to pay at 100 percent starting this year.
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The city of Wichita recently settled at 37 percent, paying what it owed with land it has deeded to the county.