Dallas Morning News (Internet / Print) 07/12/06 http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-jailhealth_12met.ART0.North.Edition1.241f573.html

The troubled Dallas County Jail is getting its own budget for health care and its own governing board. The changes were discussed Tuesday during a presentation made by Parkland Memorial Hospital officials to county commissioners. The Dallas County hospital district's 25.4-cent tax rate will be split between hospital expenses and jail health expenses. The proposed hospital tax rate is 23.5 cents per $100 assessed value, and the proposed jail health tax rate is 1.9 cents. Parkland Memorial Hospital took over health care at the jail in March after the University of Texas Medical Branch decided not to renew its three-year jail health contract with the county. Parkland will transfer $28.3 million to the jail health budget for the 2007 fiscal year based on its tax rate. That's 56 percent more than what was allocated for the jail this year and more than double what was spent last year. County commissioners will vote on the new budgets in September.