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Possible overtime cuts worry Bullitt County officials

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Some department heads say cutting overtime could drastically detract from services provided to residents of Bullitt County. Some department heads say cutting overtime could drastically detract from services provided to residents of Bullitt County.

BULLITT COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Tuesday, Bullitt County Fiscal Court leaders began discussing plans to eliminate a significant amount of overtime for county employees.

“Our overtime has been a little bit excessive,” said fourth district magistrate Joe Rayhill.

The goal of cutting overtime across all departments for next year's budget is to allow the county a year to recoup some of the costs of paying out those overtime salaries over the past several years.

“The situation for the county is their budget in the reserves are falling,” said Bullitt County attorney John Woolridge. “New revenue is not available.”

Meanwhile, some department heads say cutting overtime could drastically detract from services provided to residents of Bullitt County.

“If there is no overtime the options I have is to go below minimum staffing requirements” said Bullitt County Emergency Services Director Mike Phillips, “That means five trucks or dispatch -- and leave them open.”

Phillips says with the way the EMS personnel and dispatchers are currently scheduled, he could either cut overtime and hire seven more people to fill the hours or continue with the current schedule of paying overtime.

“If we wouldn't have paid overtime out last Friday on third shift,” Phillips said, “We would not have had a dispatcher on third shift.”

There are also concerns with the Bullitt County Detention Center as well. Jailer Martha Knox says the jail gets a $100,000 from Kentucky for housing state inmates. Part of the overtime paid for jail deputies is covering for those who have to accompany inmates to the hospital to receive medical treatment. If that service is not provided, Knox says the state inmates will be moved to another facility and the jail will lose the $100,000 dollars it receives per month.

“Overtime is a bad thing” said Rayhill, “That's kind of how we're looking at it so if we can do a better job for our county without paying time and a half wages, that's what we're going to do.”

Fiscal court will revisit the issue at it's next meeting on May 5.

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