During a meeting Tuesday night, the Martin Co Fiscal Court voted in favor of cutting the Sheriff’s Office budget by $80,000. According to WYMT reports, Martin Co. Judge-Executive Kelly Callaham said there is no way around the cuts. It came as no surprise to Sheriff John Kirk concerning these budget cuts because during a meeting last week with the finance officer, the treasurer, and the county judge, Sheriff Kirk was notified that the offices would discontinue fee pooling and fringe benefits. Patrols and other services will have to be cut-back starting July 1st, Sheriff Kirk told WYMT reporters. “We’re going to have to tighten down really tight in order to be able to overcome the $80 thousand.” The fiscal court will give the Sheriff’s Department pre-budgeted $75,000 to run on until December and Sheriff Kirk said the department will also be applying for a $30,000 state grant along with other possible police grants. Sheriff Kirk said his department will rely a lot on his unpaid deputies during this time and the Kentucky State Police will be handling excess calls and 24/7 services will no longer be offered. These cuts will begin effective July 1. Sheriff John Kirk said if anyone would like to donate to the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office, you can call 606-298-2828.