Fiscal Court approves budget exceeding $8M

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By Ron Benningfield

LaRue County Fiscal Court, meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville May 26, approved an $8,096,107 budget for the next fiscal year.

Tommy Turner, LaRue County judge-executive, said the approved budget would go to the state’s Department for Local Government for review and then be returned to the court for further action.

Budgeted are funds for courthouse improvements that include new sidewalks, carpet and lighting. “We are paying for those improvements with carryover funds,” Turner told magistrates.

The budget also provides for a new ambulance. “We also need a new dump truck, but the funds aren’t available now,” Turner said. “We’ll know more about that after the first of the year when the state finalizes its accounting of gas tax receipts.” He shared with the court his continuing concern with high jail fund costs. “Our property tax receipts total around $900,000 and this year we’ve spent over $500,000 to cover the jail defi cit,” Turner said. “We’ll have to see what can be done about reducing those costs.”

In other business, the court approved the low bid for road salt from Cargill of Olmstead, Ohio, at $78.25 per ton delivered. “That’s a lot better price than last winter when salt sold for $180 a ton,” Turner said. “We can order, as needed and without commitment, up to 800 tons and we only average using between three and four hundred tons each winter.”Clyde Veirs, county road supervisor, said about 100 to 150 tons of salt are on hand.

Veirs also reported crews reset a cross tile on South Otter Creek Road and fi lled potholes on North Otter Creek Road; replaced a street sign and stop sign on Blanton Road and street signs on Edlin Hill, Dan Dunn River, Roanoke, Cissal  Hill, Levelwoods and A.C. Underwood roads.

Crews pulled ditches on Price Hill Road, spread gravel on shoulders of Edlin Hill and Dan Dunn River roads; cleaned sand off Brooks Road, and concrete off Morning Star Road.

Ricky Whitlock, second district magistrate, requested tree branches be trimmed on Kings Hill Road. Larry Howell, fourth district magistrate, asked that a potholes be filled on Quarry Hill and Parkers Grove roads.

Mike Cottrell, director of emergency medical director of emergency medical services, reported 185 ambulance runs in April. He said his department passed state inspection with no defiiciencies. "The only thing they noted was where the expiration date on some Band-Aids had passed."