- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

MORGANTOWN, Ky. (AP) - A specially called meeting is scheduled next week to address the Butler County Sheriff’s Office budget amid an ongoing work stoppage.

Deputies haven’t worked since Tuesday, after a fiscal court voted Monday to postpone discussions on Sheriff Scottie Ward’s 2016 budget until Dec. 28, The Daily News of Bowling Green reported (https://bit.ly/1Ntf3ux).

“We’re wanting to get everybody to work,” Butler County Magistrate Stevie Givens said. “We’re going to try our best to get everybody back to work for the county.”

Ward said the problem with the fiscal court’s decision is that his office’s salaries for the pay period as of Sunday must be paid from 2016 money, funds he would normally borrow from the state.

Ward said without a budget in place, he can’t apply for that funding, meaning he won’t have enough funds to pay his department after Sunday.

Ward supports his deputies’ decisions to not report to work, given the uncertainty about whether or not they’ll be paid.

“The office will still be open,” he said. “I will figure out something.” The sheriff’s office employs five deputies.

Ward is asking fiscal court to contribute $195,630 to his 2016 budget. The remainder of this department’s budget is funded by fees and processing charges for overseeing the county’s property tax collections.

“I want to get it over with,” Ward said of the budget standoff. “I don’t like that it happened. We’ve got to take a stand. You have to do something to prove to these guys they’ve got some kind of security.”

The meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday at the county courthouse.

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Information from: Daily News, https://www.bgdailynews.com

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