After a Harlan County Sheriff’s Office 2014 budget and salary cap were submitted to Harlan Fiscal Court during a meeting on Thursday, magistrates failed to approve that budget and salary cap asking instead that further cuts be made.
Submitting a budget of approximately $1.06 million, Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop recommended to Harlan County Sheriff Marvin Lipfird his total salary cap be reduced to less than $900,000.
“In this budget I’ve asked for no raises and estimated retirement and insurance costs higher than what they may be, because you can’t really determine the real cost,” said Lipfird. “Last year we were budgeted for 26 employees and this year we are down to just 22.”
Grieshop told Lipfird coal severance funds are “going down and not going up” and the court was looking for his “salary cap to drop and not up.”
“The fee pooling you generate is $700,000 and we, over these past few years, have had to find $300,000, $400,000, $500,000 to come up for that extra money and I can’t tell you where that’s going to come from,” said Grieshop. “I think there’s going to have to be some give and take and my recommendation is that it be dropped to $900,000 or in that ballpark and not go up. The reason being I don’t know where we’re going to find the money.”
Grieshop said all departments, when a spring budget is done, will “be hit.”
Lipfird said he will go back to the drawing board to try and comply with the court’s recommendation.
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