Controversial ad was funded through taxpayer dollars

CREATED Feb 23, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - It turns out Milwaukee County taxpayers are paying for those controversial ads put out by the sheriff last month.

Those were radio ads in which Sheriff David Clarke Junior urged folks to learn to handle a firearm so they can defend themselves.

Clarke told the Journal Sentinel that his department has an $84.9 million budget for 2013, with 85 percent of it coming from county property taxes and most of the rest coming from state and federal funds.

It's unclear exactly how much last month's public service announcements cost, but Clarke's office has reportedly agreed to spend more than $17-thousand on radio ads this year.  Last year, the department reportedly spent nearly $26-thousand on safety ads.

Sheriff Clarke was expected to be a guest on FOX News Channel Saturday night.