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Budget story in Jan. 10 edition included inaccurate information about county clerk, sheriff

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By The Staff

Despite higher demand for services and tough economy, county officials have tightened their 2008 budgets and are returning a record number of excess fees to Oldham County Fiscal Court for operations in 2007. The Oldham County Clerk’s Office’s return to fiscal court increased by 264 percent in 2007. County Clerk Julie Lentz will return a record $352,809 to fiscal court from 2007. For the past five years, the average return to fiscal court was $131,000.The Oldham County Sheriff’s Office will return about $155,000 in excess fees to fiscal court from operations in 2007. OCSO’s 2008 budget includes about $60,000 in excess fees for 2008.The Oldham Era printed a story with incorrect information regarding both budgets in a story entitled “OCSO, clerk’s budgets reviewed” in the Jan. 10 edition. Information in the story suggested the return from the clerk’s office decreased significantly. A detailed correction appears on A2. Both the county clerk’s office and OCSO are self-sustaining agencies that return funding to the county at the close of each year. After Sheriff Steve Sparrow and Lentz reviewed the budgets with county financial officers and magistrates, the two officials revised their budgets. Their revisions are expected to save the county an estimated $200,000 between the two offices in 2008. Sparrow presented a $2.2 million budget and Lentz a $1.6 million budget to fiscal court on Jan. 2. Sparrow eliminated a lieutenant’s position and reduced overtime allotment to keep his budget down in 2008. Both elected officials were praised by magistrates and Oldham County Judge-Executive Duane Murner at the meeting for their flexibility and willingness to cut expenses.