BELTON — By a unanimous vote, the Bell County Commissioners Court extended the county’s contract for inmate and juvenile medical services. The contract with Correctional Health Centers is worth about $3 million annually.

County Judge Jon Burrows said the county was able to get modest reductions in the cost of the new three-year contract.

“Last year we paid $3.1 million. For the first year of the new contract the cost is down to $2.8 million,” Burrows said. The contract’s pricing structure is based on a projected average daily inmate population.

“For the first year, the assumed daily population is 700 inmates,” Burrows said, adding that in the second year of the contract, the cost rises to $2.9 million and the average population estimate increases to 750.

“Year three is 50 more than that and the cost is $3,032,402.78,” Burrows said. “It’s still less than we have been paying.”

County Attorney Jim Nichols told the court that any necessary medications are included in the terms of the contract.

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