It comes as no surprise that the newspaper would endorse the idea that the “State jail system needs the counties to work properly” (Our Opinion, July 29).

As chairman of the Kennebec County Budget Committee for the past nine years, I can say for certain that the bill to consolidate jails has saved, and continues to save, the counties and the taxpayers millions of dollars.

The original proposed bill, however, didn’t do that.

It was through creative solutions that the final bill caps the amount that counties would have to raise each year, with the rest coming from the state.

The $8.5 million saved was developed by the creativity and ability to compromise and reach a meaningful solutions by Rep. Patsy Crockett, D-Augusta. Property taxpayers need to be concerned, and voice their concerns that this program remains intact.

Kevin Cookson, chairman

Kennebec County Budget Committee

Winthrop

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