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Addressing Jail Rumors in Bourbon County

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The Bourbon County Sheriff's Office was scheduled to move in to its new law enforcement center at the beginning of the year, but that still hasn't happened.

"There have been some constructive delays, a water leak being the most recent one, which no one can really anticipate," said Bourbon County Commissioner Jeff Fischer.

Bourbon County Sheriff Bill Martin says he's heard financial rumors in his county, swirling around the delay. Specifically, he's heard that the 0.4% sales tax that was approved by voters back in 2015 to build the jail, hasn't produced the necessary funds. On Tuesday, he addressed that rumor with the Bourbon County commissioners.

"From the analysis and studies that has been recently done and updated, we are collecting more in sales tax than what was projected, which gives us additional revenue," said Sheriff Martin.

The sheriff says those rumors couldn't be further from the truth and brought in a consultant from the Piper Jaffray finance group to break down the current funding situation. And the commissioners agreed.

"If there are any rumors about money being a problem with the completion and occupation of the jail, I certainly haven't heard them," said Commissioner Fischer.

And Sheriff Martin wants county residents to be on the same page as their commissioners.

"I just wanted to reassure the citizens of Bourbon County that the jail project is fine. We are collecting more money. We're not broke. We're not intending to be broke," said the sheriff.

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