Tensions run high at Jackson Co. fiscal court meeting

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

MCKEE, Ky (WYMT) - Tensions were high at Tuesday's fiscal court meeting in Jackson County.

Recently an audit found the sheriff's office owes the fiscal court around $278,000 which the sheriff says is being paid back, but the judge executive says none of it has.

"The money that's been paid back, all the tax money, all the fee money, everything that has come into my office which is 200-something thousand dollars has all come over here," said Sheriff Denny Peyman.

"The fact of the matter is the checks that were being written to the fiscal court were tax collection and fees which he is required to do, but had nothing to do with his debt," said judge-executive William O. Smith.

The county has been struggling financially due to several issues including less coal severance funds.

They recently took out a $500,000 loan to help pay off debts including one to the IRS.

There were citizens at the meeting who wanted to ask questions, but they judge said they were disruptive. One man was removed from the fiscal court room.

The fiscal court also went into executive session to talk about pending litigation.

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