April 2, 2014 | Volume 101 / Number 14

Detention Center Paying Off For County?

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Commissioner Pippin’s report that the Valley County Detention Center had become profitable at a recent public meeting was further expanded on by Commissioner Reinhardt in last week’s Courier.

I am not in a position to debate the issue, because I do not have all the numbers and some of Commissioner Reinhardt’s numbers were represented as estimates and probabilities.

However, I might suggest that the commissioners use a different form of accounting and business practice than I am accustomed to.

They are not considering the time value of money, depreciation and future mainte...

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