An eastern Kentucky sheriff says his office has not misused any tax money, despite a recent state audit showing an 81 thousand dollar deficit, over a three year period.
Laurel County Sheriff Gene Hollon says that each calendar year, sheriff departments must start with a zero balance.
Expenses like payroll and gas add up, forcing the departments to borrow from banks.
Hollon says the bank loans were paid back, but that the state auditors disallowed the interest.
"The auditors are not saying this money is missing, or anything like that, it's purely a deficit. A lot of offices, state offices and county offices, run with deficit, they overspend the budget is what it amounts to," Sheriff Hollon said.
Hollon says his department will do whatever it takes to eliminate the deficit.
The Laurel County Sheriff's Department has seven new cruisers and an SUV.
Sheriff Hollon says that the money forfeited from drug seizures allows the department to replace old cars with new ones, at no cost to the taxpayer.