Wichita remains the only city sued by Sedgwick County over jail fees that hasn't agreed to settle.
Commissioners voted Wednesday to accept an offer from Bel Aire.
Bel Aire will pay about $35,000 — or 37 percent — of what it owed for 2008 and 2009 and will begin paying 100 percent of its fees from Jan. 1 on, county counselor Rich Euson said Wednesday.
The county began charging cities a $2.09 hourly fee in 2008 for inmates held only on municipal charges. It said it did so to try to get cities to think twice about sending people to the jail, which has been dealing with overcrowding.
Some cities refused to pay, and the county sued those that had accrued the most in fees: Wichita, Haysville, Goddard, Park City and Bel Aire.
Wichita officials have argued that residents already pay for the jail through property taxes and that the fees amount to double taxation. The city had no comment about the case on Wednesday.
A judge in March ruled that the county had a right to charge the fees. Still at issue was how much the cities owed.
Goddard and Park City settled earlier this year. Goddard agreed to pay $9,000, and Park City agreed to pay $36,450. Haysville agreed in May to pay $46,534. Each of the cities also agreed to begin paying in full starting this year.
The lawsuit continues against Wichita and is scheduled to go to trial in March.
As of August, the county said the city owed about $9.6 million.