The additional beds will be used to relieve potential overcrowding at the Fulton County jail.
Under the terms of the intergovernmental agreement, the county will pay the city $111,750 per month and the Fulton County Sheriff’s office will staff the jail.
"At least 285 beds shall be available for housing of county inmates," Chairman John Eaves said.
The city will be responsible for payment of all utilities, maintenance and repairs.
The portion of the payments corresponding to monthly debt-service obligations will be credited to the county for potential purchase or lease/purchase of the jail.
“At the end of the day, no one can absolutely control how many inmates are in the jail at any given time,” Commissioner Robb Pitts, who seconded Eaves' motion, said in a statement after the meeting. “The sheriff needs the flexibility to accommodate inmates when the jail population exceeds 2,500. Otherwise we risk penalties for violating the consent decree. This decision is a step in the right direction.”
The vote came after discussion during the board's executive session regarding real estate.