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Spencer County government faces shutdown if budget isn't passed

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TAYLORSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Spencer County officials have until midnight Thursday to pass a budget, leaving a lot of people concerned about what happens if they don't meet the deadline. 

"At this point, we have not adopted a budget," said Spencer County Judge Executive John Riley. 

If a budget doesn't go through before July 1, county government will shut down. 

WDRB News asked Riley if he's confident officials will come to an agreement. 

"I wish I could say I was," he replied. "I'm very hopeful. It's a very serious matter."

John Riley says the vote has been deadlocked, 3-3. He and five magistrates make up Fiscal Court. 

"The issues are some money that we want to move around from one account to another account," said Magistrate Jim Williams, who's at odds with Riley. 

If the officials don't pass the budget, we're told some government employees could stop getting paid. Riley says the Kentucky Department for Local Government will likely determine who will and won't keep working. 

"This is what I'm being told," Riley said. "They will only authorize payment for something that is an emergency."  

EMS officials declined to comment Wednesday, but the county's sheriff says he expects to keep deputies on the streets. 

"The criminal does not really pay any attention to whether Spencer County has a budget or not," Sheriff Buddy Stump told WDRB News. "They're gonna continue to do their thing and, therefore, there's going to continue to be a need for us to be there to combat them." 

As the clock ticks down, and Spencer County officials remain deadlocked, they do agree on one thing. A government shutdown will not be good. 

"We have constitutional rights to amend the budget, and I would like to see us get this passed," Williams said. 

"I'm doing everything I can as County Judge to see that this happens," Riley said. 

Officials say they've set a meeting to address the budget for 6 p.m. Thursday at Fiscal Court. 

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