FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It uses 100 million of your tax dollars each year, but in a matter of days we could learn whether those you entrust to spend it wisely have been fulfilling their promises. A tax Kentuckians pay on their auto and home insurance goes into the KLEFPF fund, which is supposed to pay firefighters and police officers for keeping up a required certification.
The Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund is currently being audited by Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon.
Retired police officer and Kentucky District 38 Representative Denny Butler says he's purposefully distanced himself from the work being done by Auditor Harmon. Butler is anxious to hear what, if anything, investigators find.
Harmon told us recently that he expects his look into the KLEFPF fund to be made public by late September.
Butler pushed for the audit, making headlines last winter when he left the Democratic Party and registered as a Republican in a heavily Democratic district. One reason Butler gave for the switch was what he described as a lack of interest by party leadership to investigate KLEFPF.
Representative Butler points to irregularities in figures KLEFPF managers supposedly gave lawmakers and a tax hike in 2010 as fueling his curiosity. Part of those funds are supposed to go towards firefighters while another percentage is directed to police officers. But even after the 2010 tax increase, officers did not receive an increase in their monies, Butler said. He began asking the question, “What's happening to the money?”
"I'm looking forward to the answers and looking forward to the audit. One, to put transparency around the money that's collected for police and fire, and two, to make sure that there's no wrongdoing.”
Butler is running for re-election against Democrat McKenzie Cantrell.