MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Board of Commissioners met Thursday afternoon with Knox County Sheriff David Barber to discuss the sheriff’s quarterly budget, including a shortfall of about $25,000, Barber asked the commissioners to help cover.
Barber said the shortfall was caused by an oversight where two employees were not accounted for in the sheriff’s annual budget for 2010. Knox County Commissioner Allen Stockberger said the error came about because of a complex formula to determine salaries and the omission of two employees listed on a separate sheet of paper.
“This was a mistake on both sides,” Stockberger said. “We made the mistake and they didn’t catch it.”
The commissioners took the request under advisement and hoped they would be able to help out.
Barber reported to the commissioners that a plan to transfer about $37,000 in funds from the Concealed Carry Weapons fund to the county’s general fund would be taking place soon. This fund is money collected by the sheriff’s office for fees and background checks for CCW permits. This was needed because, according to Stockberger, “The general fund is what I would call ‘challenged’ right now.”