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Acting Sheriff Wants $37M Jail Budget Next Fiscal Year

The sign in front of the David Moss Correctional Center, better known as the Tulsa Jail.

Acting Sheriff Michelle Robinette asked the Tulsa County Criminal Justice Authority for $37.3 million to run the jail next fiscal year.

The CCJA only has about $27 million from a dedicated sales tax to allocate. County Fiscal Officer Tom Gerard said anything over that not covered by jail revenue will go to the county's eight-member budget board.

"They're very interested in the management and what's going on at the jail because now they're being asked to take money out of the county's funds and put into the jail," Gerard said.

The jail sales tax hasn’t fully funded operations this fiscal year or last. In FY 2015, the budget board dipped into park, special project and risk management funds for around $4 million to cover jail overruns.

The current fiscal year’s jail budget request was $36.4 million. Gerard said the county has given $1 million over that for operations and the county owes two months' worth of medical provider bills, which are $500,000 a month.

The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office did not respond to requests for an interview Tuesday.