A week after Sedgwick County agreed to settle with Park City over jail fees, it has settled with Goddard for $9,000. Goddard also has agreed to begin paying fees on time, starting back to Jan. 1.
In 2008, the county began charging cities a fee to house inmates booked into jail on municipal charges. The jail is struggling with overcrowding, and county leaders see the fees as a way to encourage those in the criminal justice system to consider other alternatives besides jail.
Several cities, including Wichita, have refused to pay the fees. The county sued some of those cities, including Wichita. The lawsuit continues against Wichita, Bel Aire and Haysville.