ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The state of Missouri may owe the city of St. Louis millions of dollars for failing to pay the agreed amount per day to house state prisoners in the city awaiting trial.

“We uncovered that the state has underpaid the city in excess of $20 million across the years that now we’re working to recoup from the state,” says Aldermanic President Lewis Reed.

Reed has sent Gov. Eric Greitens a letter saying that by contract, the state is supposed to pay $37.50 per day per inmate, but it’s only paying about $21 per day.

“So that we are not putting any additional burden on the taxpayers; it is just patently unfair for the state or anybody to expect the taxpayers to pick up that excess fee,” Reed says.

So far, no response back from the governor.

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