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PREVIEW: S.E. Bullitt Fire Chief becomes irate when asked about management of tax dollars

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After months of investigating the Southeast Bullitt Fire department, WDRB took our questions to the chief, and he wasn't happy with our questions.

"Turn that camera off," said Southeast Bullitt Fire Chief Julius Hatfield when we confronted him with questions from residents about how the department is being run. The questions come after the Kentucky State Auditor's Office opened what it calls an examination of the Fire Protection District.

Here's how it works: the district collects the taxes -- about $1 million a year -- and gives that money to the non-profit fire department for service. Southeast Julius Hatfield is on both boards.

When we tried to ask Hatfield questions after one board meeting, he became irate, and had to be asked not to touch our camera equipment. He tried to kick us out of the meeting, but didn't have the right to. Then he tossed one of our microphones off a table -- and claimed it was an accident.

"I dropped that thing," Hatfield said.

The microphone actually hit Valerie Chinn in the leg.

Tax records show the department receives a lot more tax money than it spends, but Hatfield says it "isn't taxpayer money by the time it gets to us."

So where is all the extra money going, and why are so many firehouses sitting empty?

Find out how Hatfield answered those questions in our special report tonight at 10 p.m. Only on WDRB News.

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