The Pushmataha County Sheriff’s Department is running dangerously low on funding.
According to the budget that was set for the Sheriff Department’s physical year, July 1, 2013 until June 30, 2014, their is roughly only $28,000 left in the account to last the department until the end of June. This amount, however, does not include monthly income collected from the penny sales tax which was instated in April of 1991 and readopted in 2010, of which 1/2 goes to the Sheriff’s Department.
With an employee payroll of roughly $33,000 a month (full time and part time) this could be a major issue for the county. According to the figures, these numbers will allow the Sheriff’s Department to operate relatively normal until the end of March, beginning of April.
“Citizens are being put in a dangerous situation,” stated Steve Burrage, Chairman of the Board/Owner FirstBank, and has served previously Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector. “This is the worst financial situation I have seen this county in a long time.”
“It boils down to mismanagement of funds,” stated Commissioner Michael Brittingham, District #1. “We go in knowing what each entities budget is and it is our job (the heads of the entities) to make sure we don’t go over our budget.”
In an attempt to help take the pressure off of his budget, Sheriff Duncan had temporarily suspended the two K9 Deputies that the Sheriff Department had on staf