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Jail-fee payers won't be punished

Sedgwick County Manager William Buchanan took sharp exception to a suggestion in "Don't let jail-fee lawsuit go to trial" (Sept. 10 Eagle Editorial) that the fact that some cities have settled their county jail-fee debts for a fraction of their total bills is just "too bad for the cities that paid up from the start, and in full." Buchanan told the editorial board Friday that whenever the lawsuit comes to a conclusion, cities such as Derby and Valley Center that have paid the $2.09-an-hour fees faithfully will be handled fairly. He declined to be specific about what accommodations might be made. But "Sedgwick County does not intend to be punitive to those cities that have started to pay from the beginning," Buchanan said. "As a matter of fact, we want to reward them, and will."