Sheriff Shows Contrasts in Gas Budgets

The gas budget of the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department continues to be an issue.

Sheriff Billy Sollie presented numbers at the Monday meeting of the Council of Governments that show every department in the county, except his and emergency management, saw major increases in their gas budgets from last year.

Some other departments in the county saw as much as a 250 percent increase in their gas budget.

"It's obvious that three members of the board of supervisors chose to fund those operations that directly impact their day to day operations, while they chose not to fund those who impact the citizens of Lauderdale County," said Sollie.

"I don't have any answers to how that took place at this point, but I have been looking into it," Hitt said.

Supervisor Hank Florey, who voted in favor of the budget, attended the COG meeting Monday, but declined to comment on the sheriff's numbers.

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