PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Charlotte County wants more money to run its jail.
The inmate population has grown in recent years, but the facilities have not.
As of Wednesday morning, there were more than 700 inmates in the Charlotte County Jail. That compares to a daily average of just over 500 inmates in 2009.
Col. Thomas Rodgets with the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office says there are plans to build an infirmary, which he says is crucial, but the plans can only move forward if voters approve a local sales tax in November.
"If we don't move forward and actually build that infirmary, we're going to have issues actually separating the inmates in different classifications, which can mean violations of standards. It can mean more liability to the county," Rodgers said.
Rodgers helped Sheriff Bill Prummell come up with the proposed budget for fiscal year 2015. The budget asks for roughly $450,000 more than what was spent on corrections during fiscal year 2014.
The Board of County Commissioners still needs to approve the new budget.