Taos County gets a better rate than Mora County for housing its inmates in the San Miguel County jail.
That’s something a top Mora County official would like to change.
This week, the San Miguel County Commission approved extensions of agreements with both Mora and Taos counties.
Mora must pay $65 a day to house an inmate, while Taos gets a better rate at $50 a day. Both must pay a onetime $20 booking fee for each inmate.
Mora sends only a handful of inmates each month to the local jail, while Taos sends dozens.
“Our largest contract is with Taos County,” the jail’s warden, Patrick Snedeker, said. “It’s a negotiated fee. The detention center is always dependent on revenues that come from other sources.”
Mora County Manager Miguel Martinez said he wasn’t aware that Taos County had a better rate. He said he was advised by his county attorney that Mora County’s fee was comparable to others.
He said seeking a lower rate will be on his county’s priority list.