May 14, 2014 — The editor:
I would like to respond to the “endorsement” that road foreman Larry McDavid ran in last week's Journal-Times. I would like to clarify and/or point out the obvious errors within that advertisement. Mr. McDavid stated that the fiscal court has had to transfer $177,000 from the road for jail costs. This is absolutely wrong. For one thing, it is illegal to transfer money from a road fund to a jail fund. I know that used to be the story, but it was always a lie or error on our administrations part. They could speak on the intent but I can only guess.
The truth, which has been well documented in this very paper is that the jail has been under budget the entire time I have been in office. I have a budget to work within which is mostly funded by the revenue brought in through holding federal prisoners. The jail is allotted $770,000 from the general budget and we have never used the full amount. The jail payment is taken out of that number. So as far as taxpayer money spent on the operation of the jail, it currently costs the county less to run this facility than it did the old jail back in the 1990’s.
So I want to clarify again, the jail is far from the problem when it comes to getting roads paved and graveled. The jail is one of the only departments in the county that is under budget and bringing in revenue. I find it humorous that McDavid points to the jail as the reason for his own budget's problems. Why would he not consider the money spent on lawsuits fiscal court has wasted, or other expenses? I have no problem successfully running my budget. Maybe the road foreman should better manage his.
Carter County Jailer