The South Tucson City Council has signed off on a long-term deal to finally pay off the city’s $1.9 million in delinquent jail fees and interest.

The deal, which still needs to be approved by the Pima County Board of Supervisors, will allow the city to write down roughly $800,000 in interest fees and penalties.

Under the terms, South Tucson would immediately give the county a down payment of $150,000 and then make annual payments of roughly $98,900 plus interest over 10 years.

The square-mile city has long struggled with the debt it owes to the county for those arrested by the Police Department on misdemeanor charges who are housed at the county jail.

County supervisors are expected to approve the deal on the outstanding debt on Tuesday.

During the same meeting, the supervisors are also expected to approve a new agreement on housing for those arrested by the South Tucson Police Department and put in the county jail.

Under the proposal, South Tucson will pay $254 to cover booking and records expenditures and an additional $86 per day the prisoner is in jail.

The agreement is expected to cost South Tucson $137,000 annually.

Contact reporter Joe Ferguson at or 573-4346. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFerguson.