Officials in Todd County are becoming increasingly frustrated with the new Justice Center construction process—saying the rules are being changed in the middle of the game.
The Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts is in charge of such projects in the commonwealth and dozens of counties have built new buildings in the last few years. The office was extremely generous in its funding before the recession and counties were out very little expense, but budget cuts have caused drastic changes.
Todd County Attorney Mac Johns says while the Office of the Courts hasn’t changed their requirements for the Justice Center; they have reduced the amount of money they’re willing to spend.
One example Judge-Executive Darryl Greenfield gives is a 400-thousand dollar security camera system that has been paid for in almost every other county by the state. The AOC is saying Todd Fiscal Court will have to pay for the one in Elkton, but Judge Greenfield says the county doesn’t have that kind of money to throw around.
Going forward, Judge Greenfield says the county will have to be cautious with what it commits to regarding the Justice Center, because no one knows when the AOC could change the rules again.
The discussion began when Sheriff Joey Johnson told Fiscal Court he will soon need to hire bailiffs or security guards—with their 8 dollars per hour salaries supposed to be funded by the Administrative Office of the Courts—but not their tests required for the hiring process.