By DON AINES
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A decision by the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority to ask the state Legislature for an increase in the cost to local governments for housing prisoners isn't sitting well with one of its members, Berkeley County Commission President James Smith.
"I would have only voted for that on the condition of jail bills going to the arresting agency," Smith said Thursday. Smith said he was unable to attend a Monday meeting at which the vote was taken.
The authority will ask the Legislature to increase the fee from $38 to $43 a day next year. Smith said that when he goes to the Jan. 12 meeting he wants to see if the authority also plans to change the formula by which local governments are billed for inmate housing in regional jails.