Gilchrist County Budget Shortfall
But, the school board and a Gilchrist County attorney says it's all a misunderstanding.
It all started about a month ago when Turner got a letter from county staff saying commissioners were reducing his current budget by $7500.
The school board was hoping to cut costs by not paying for a school resource officer position that was unfilled for almost a semester. The sheriff says it did not affect the way he covered and protected the county, but County Attorney Joe Gilliam says he was surprised to get the drafted letter on behalf of the sheriff.
"I understand what the attorney is saying, but I thought we had the sheriff's department and the school board, all three of us, had I thought communicated to the satisfaction that we all agreed," said Gilliam.
The sheriff says because of previous issues with the board. He felt like he had to get an outside legal opinion to come back to the commission.
In a tight year of budgeting even on a multi-million dollar budget, the sheriff says $7500 can be a big deal.
Gilchrist County Schools Superintendent Buddy Vickers says all three parties will meet together and work it out.
Gilliam says the sheriff will get his money, he's just not sure from who.
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