The Christian County Justice Center and judicial centers across Kentucky will be closed Monday and one local official doesn’t understand the reasoning.
Christian Circuit Court Clerk Gary Haddock says the state has tried furloughing employees before to balance its departmental budgets and that didn’t seem to work.
With the passage of House Bill 269 this year, the Kentucky General Assembly reduced the total funds available to the Judicial Branch by 25.2 million dollars for this fiscal year. That includes a permanent reduction to the annual base operating budget of 16.2 million dollars and a one-time transfer of 9 million dollars in payroll to the state’s general fund.
In response, court system employees will be furloughed at least three days this fiscal year and maybe as many as six. Haddock says a very busy court system will be closed Monday and that residents won’t even be able to renew their drivers license.
The state says the furloughs will keep the judicial system in sound financial shape, but Haddock says he’ll believe it when he sees it.