SKOWHEGAN (AP) — Somerset County has sued the state prisons board in an attempt to get payment of more than $280,000 the county says it is owed for operations at the county jail.

The petition for review filed Tuesday seeks to reverse a unanimous vote by the Board of Corrections in April to withhold the county’s third-quarter payment as part of the state’s consolidated jail system.

County lawyer Lee Bragg told the Kennebec Journal (http://bit.ly/12VhQnR) the result of the withheld payment is that county taxpayers paid the jail’s bills.

Board of Corrections members said the payment was withheld because Somerset County kept revenue from boarding federal detainees. The board contends that the money instead should have been sent to it to help defray the costs of the statewide jail system.


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