MIDWEST CITY — A charter agreement that allows Midwest City to extend services to Tinker Air Force Base will save both entities hundreds of thousands of dollars, city officials estimate.
Since the charter was enacted in March, Midwest City has extended its jail, juvenile and animal control services to base occupants in an unprecedented move for a city incorporated 70 years ago to accommodate the growing military population.
“The fact that Midwest City was originally founded and developed to serve as an aid to the base speaks to the partnership they have long shared,” city spokeswoman Kay Hunt said.
Tim Lyon, assistant city manager of administration, said the goal of the collaboration is to strengthen the base and reduce costs on both ends.
“In essence it's a win-win for us. It helps Tinker save by not having to provide these services themselves and we profit by not having to provide additional staff. The amount we will receive by extending services we already provide to the city will defray our administration's overhead cost,” Lyon said.
Lyon said for each base inmate that is housed at the city's jail, Tinker Air Force will pay roughly $50 per day.
Similarly, the base will be charged $50 for each animal that receives services from the city's animal control division.
Tinker Air Force Base will not be responsible to pay for services provided to juvenile offenders who live on the base.
Midwest City will provide intervention services to juveniles whose parents voluntarily elect to participate in the program and who pay the appropriate fees. Intervention services include family interviews, community service, background assessments, drug testing and tutoring.