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Pike County Sheriff, County Clerk make budget cuts

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

The Pike County Sheriff's Department and the County Clerk's office made budget cuts on Thursday.
The two county departments each eliminated more than $30,000 for the 2012 budget. This is due to the county's budget woes from last year.
The Sheriff and County Clerk say they had to cut costs because revenue is down.

"It's belt tightening time for all of us," said Sheriff Charles "Fuzzy" Keesee.

Due to last year's county budget deficit, the Sheriff had to cut 12% of his spending. It adds up to $35,000. Keesee told the Fiscal Court the cuts will be to the department's operating costs.
"Cars, equipment, salaries," said Sheriff Keesee.
This means sheriff's department employees will not get a raise for the third year in a row.

The County Clerk's office also had to make cuts. A representative told the Fiscal Court that revenue was down last year.
"We definitely didn't take in as much as previous years, so I reflect that, so our budget is lower than what it would normally be, our bottom line is," he said.

The clerk cut the budget by $30,000 and also reduced expenditures across the board.

The Fiscal Court approved both budgets.

"Hopefully this economy will come back, and we can look for other revenues in the future so that we'll continue to be a progressive county," said Wayne T. Rutherford, Pike County Judge-Executive.

"I know if the money becomes available they will give us back our supplement," said Sheriff Keesee.

The Sheriff says he is looking for other funding sources for drug investigations.

The fiscal court also made its annual coal severance dollars request to legislators. They are asking for nearly 26 million dollars for economic projects but know that amount is just a wish list in the current economy.

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