Meeting about sheriff’s budget scheduled amid work stoppage

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

The Daily News of Bowling Green reports deputies haven’t worked since Tuesday, after fiscal court voted to postpone discussions on Sheriff Scottie Ward’s 2016 budget until Dec. 28.

Ward said the problem with that 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 says 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 says the office, which employs five deputies, will remain open.

Magistrate Stevie Givens says he wants to help get everyone back to work.