After taking a week to look over the numbers, Fort Bend County commissioners on Tuesday have approved a deal to take in jail inmates from Hays County.

The agreement called for Hays County to pay Fort Bend County $55 per prisoner per day to house inmates at the Fort Bend County Jail.

Approval of the agreement was stalled for a week as Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers wanted to make sure that the county wasn’t taking on any hidden costs for holding the prisoners.

“I was doing this out of concern that we were subsidizing another county,” Meyers said.

But County Auditor Ed Sturdivant explained to the commissioners that the county would actually be making a good profit on the deal.

“You’re netting close to $2 million on an annualized basis,” Sturdivant told Meyers. “(In) net revenue. That’s after we take the marginal costs out of the gross revenue for prisoner housing, you’re right about $2 million, benefitting the general fund.”

Also the $55 rate is lower than the rate private prisons would ask, Sturdivant said.

The commissioners approved the agreement unanimously.

Commissioners also honored Marc Grant, who announced his retirement as the county’s road commissioner.

Grant has worked for the county for the last 37 years and has been road commissioner since 2000.

County Judge KP George awarded Grant with a certificate of appreciation for his services.

“We wanted to recognize your long service to our county and all the contributions that you made to our county,” George said.

Commissioners appointed Scott Wieghat as the interim road commissioner.

Wieghat also serves as the special projects coordinator for the road and bridge department.

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