County Disputing a Bill from DJJ

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PANAMA CITY-- Back in 2011, the Department of Juvenile Justice raised the rates it charges the counties for juvenile detention. Bay County's bill at that time was about $400,000, so the counties sued.

In 2012, a state court sided with the counties, saying DJJ was over charging the counties for juvenile detention.

But commissioners claim DJJ has essentially ignored the court's ruling, and has significantly increased the charges.

"They already billed us for the amount. The courts already said they were wrong in the first place, but its almost insult to injury, the way they've come back and up the ante even more," said Guy Tunnell, Bay County Commissioner.

On the advice of the county attorney, commissioners voted to withhold most of the payment to DJJ until the matter is resolved.