An auction that sold off items from a failed fuel and pesticide testing lab run by the Agriculture Department has netted the state $1.65 million dollars. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer presented a check in that amount to Treasurer Todd Hollenbach on Friday. The money will go into the state’s general fund.
“Taxpayer dollars are a sacred trust, and my administration is dedicated to spending them wisely and giving back where appropriate,” said Comer.
The fuel lab was closed in March and all but one employee was let go. The testing is now handled by private companies. Comer says the changes are saving the state $600,000 per year.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul attended the check presentation.