Movement in budget debate with Bullitt County sheriff

Published: Jan. 5, 2016 at 10:44 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 12, 2016 at 10:44 PM EST
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Sheriff dave Greenwell (Source: Rick Miller, WAVE 3 News)
Sheriff dave Greenwell (Source: Rick Miller, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Even after Bullitt County officials agreed to set more money aside for the sheriff's department, Sheriff Dave Greenwell says the clock is still ticking.

On December 15, Greenwell gave Bullitt Fiscal Court a 90 day notice saying he could no longer afford to police the streets without a budget increase and help paying debt. Fiscal Court members said Greenwell's notice came as a surprise.

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During their January 5 meeting Fiscal Court voted for the bigger budget, but didn't reach a deal on the debt.

Greenwell says the debt grew from money from the department managed by the court that ended up paying bills the court was already paying.

"The numbers they've put out there in the past is totally incorrect," said Greenwell. "They're not giving us, what was it, $2.1 million? They're not giving us that. I don't know where. They're messing some numbers or something there. That's not happening."

"There are all kinds of plans we can have here but that has to be taken care of," said Keith Griffee, the Bullitt Fiscal court CFO. "By law, it has to be taken care of."

Fiscal Court members previously said they voted to give more money to the department while others, including EMS, 911, and the jail, took cuts. 
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