The cost of providing a roof and three meals a day is going up.
At least for Forest County inmates at the Warren County Jail.
After at least a decade at $40 per day for room and board, Forest County will pay more for housing inmates here.
The counties have agreed to the terms of a contract that would increase the daily reimbursement for room and board to $55.
The Warren County Prison Board approved the contract at its meeting Tuesday morning.
"We have a verbal agreement," Chairman John Bortz said. "It needs to be ratified by Forest County."
Warren County officials countered an initial contract offer of $50 with the $55 amount.
Forest County officials said they were looking for a three-year contract. Bortz said that would extend the agreement into the next term of the board of commissioners and offered a two-year period.
The 37.5 percent increase will help. "We're going to see a little bit of an increase to county coffers," Bortz said.
But Warren County isn't expecting a windfall. "That figure does not reflect a particular profit for Warren County," Commissioner John Eggleston said.
The contract amount is competitive. "They had similar offers from other counties," Commissioner Chairman Stephen Vanco said.
"Fifty-five dollars per day is consistent with what other counties charge per day," Sheriff and Warden Ken Klakamp said.
The reimbursement does not include expenses like medications, transportation, and other supplies.
According to Klakamp's report, there were 10 Forest County inmates in the jail.
None of the members of the board could remember the last time the contract rate changed. Klakamp said he remembers a daily room and board cost of $25 in 1977.