SKOWHEGAN — A Maine sheriff is threatening to close a portion of the 2-year-old Somerset County Jail unless the state Board of Corrections allocates $475,000 for the next fiscal year.

Sheriff Barry Delong says that without the payment he will close a 64-bed minimum and medium security unit and no longer accept inmates from another county or state agency.

After the Skowhegan jail opened the county didn’t use one of the four units until earlier this year when it began to accept outside inmates.

Delong tells the Bangor Daily News the taxpayers of Somerset County aren’t going to pay the bills of the Corrections Board.

The Board of Corrections is charged with overseeing Maine’s prison and county jail system and helping pay costs.