Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local News

September 18, 2013

Health department could face $400,000 shortfall

Questions surround approved budget

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Sept. 18, 2013 —

“If they don't have the revenue coming in they will have to do something to cut costs,” Wallace said. “We don't want them to have to cut services in the county. Most public agencies are facing these same issues. They will have to make some cost-cutting measures in order to stay open.”

Although Thornberry declined to comment on the financial projections, she did indicate that an audit might be helpful under the circumstances.

Darren Sammons, legal counsel for the Kentucky Department for Local Government, said Tuesday that his agency has no oversight of local health department budgets.

That legal responsibility rests with the Kentucky Department of Public Health’s Division of Administration and Financial Management. However, no one at that agency was available for comment before Tuesday’s press deadline.

Neither were other board members of the health department.

The Little Sandy District serves Carter and Elliott counties with administrative offices in the Carter County Courthouse. Local health centers are located in Grayson, Olive Hill, and Sandy Hook.

Leeann Akers can be reached at lakers@journal-times.com or by telephone at 474-5101.

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