Sheriff's Department Is Out Of Money

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Chances are gas prices are taking a toll on your budget and county agencies across eastern Kentucky are no exception.

In fact, one sheriff's department has run out of money.

WYMT’s Jeff Allen shows us what county officials are doing to avoid an interruption in police protection.

Like many of us, the Laurel County Sheriff's department is getting hit hard by higher gas prices.

“Nobody could anticipate what gasoline was going to do insurance you naturally assume insurance will go up, but you don't know how much,” Laurel County Sheriff Fred Yaden said.

The rising costs have dried up the sheriff's budget so he went to county leaders for some relief.

“We want to make sure we don't cut back on the services to the people of Laurel County. We feel we've done a good job, and we want to keep on doing it,” Sheriff Yaden said.

The Laurel County Fiscal Court decided to allow the sheriff's department to go ahead and start using fifty thousand dollars from its budget for next year now.

“The main thing I had in my mind was not laying anyone off and we've skirted that issue thanks to the help of the fiscal court,” Sheriff Yaden said.

At least one magistrate questioned the budget move because now the sheriff's department has even less money for next year.

The Laurel County Judge Executive Lawrence Kuhl told WYMT he hopes to trim other areas of the county budget to make up for the transfer of funds.

He says protecting county citizens is something that can not be compromised.

County officials say in about a month the sheriff's department will be able to collect tax revenue which should also help their budget.

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