(03/16/2016)
An ethics complaint filed 16 months ago against Calhoun Sheriff Carl Ballengee by the Calhoun Commission has been denied by the Ethics Commission, based on lack of probable cause.

The complaint was based on the sale of a number of weapons, possibly ten, to a friend without bid.

Sheriff Ballangee, after several requests from the commission, declined to provide a list of the weapons and the amount for which they were sold, and also declined to report to the commission what budget line item he placed the proceeds.

At Monday's commission meeting, commission president Bob Weaver said the commission still maintains there should be accountability regarding the transaction to the commission and the taxpayers.

Ballengee earlier advised the commission he had engaged an attorney over the matter.

The commission reported Monday on a clerical error made by the Calhoun Sheriff's Department with levy money.

The Emergency Services Levy primarily goes for ambulance, fire, police and prosecutor services.

"While going through budget items, commissioner Westfall discovered the over payment," said commissioner Kevin Helmick.

After further investigation, it was found that the error was made by using old levy rates.

Helmick said the fire departments, prosecutor services and others were slightly overpaid, but Minnie Hamilton ambulance services were overpaid $60,000 plus.

The money is being recouped by not issuing new payments until the correction is made.


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