LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Kentucky agency is returning money to the state treasury.
Holding a big check for $1.65 million, agriculture commissioner James Comer says the money represents proceeds from the auction of fuel and pesticide testing equipment.
Comer closed the testing lab earlier in 2013 and privatized operations after finding that it was hemorrhaging some $900,000 per year.
“We had an option we sold the equipment, and today we are very pleased to announce that for the first time that we can find in the history of Ketucky, we are returning 100 percent of an earmark back to the taxpayers of Kentucky for exactly $1.65 million,” Comer said.
Comer closed the fuel lab in March and terminated all but one of the employees who staffed it.
He says by privatizing the state's motor fuel testing, it saves the state treasury an estimated $600,000 a year.
Comer was joined by State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach and U.S. Senator Rand Paul, who Comer says inspired him to make the moves during a conversation at a football game.