Last updated: July 18. 2013 11:26PM - 279 Views
Amelia Holliday
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HAZARD — The Perry County Fiscal Court held a special called meeting Wednesday afternoon for the presentation of the next fiscal year’s budget.

Perry County’s budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year includes road, jail, general, and several other county items.

According to the budget, the county has borrowed no money for the for the coming fiscal year, and will, therefore, have nothing to pay back. Appropriations for the budget are listed as just over $3 million, road appropriations are $2.28 million, and $2.38 million for the jail. Coal severance appropriations are listed as $1.22 million.

Judge-Executive Denny Ray Noble said the county had anticipated a cut in coal severance funds of about a third for the next fiscal year, however, the court was pleasantly surprised that the cut ended up being less than that.

“We budgeted a third, that we was going to lose a third on coal severance, and this was a good thing because we only lost around $800,000. So, it’s not hardly down a third,” Noble said.

The court still has the first and second readings of the budget in the next few months and changes to the budget will more than likely be made before the final budget is approved.

In other business, the court voted to table discussion of the waste connections contract renewal until County Attorney John Carl Shackelford has had a chance to look over the final contract.

A vote was also taken to table approval of a resolution authorizing the use of county roads and rights of way for the Perry County Sanitation District’s Chavies Wastewater Treatment Plant and Collection Line project, which is working with Breathitt County, until the resolution has been reviewed further.

Claims for the calculation of motor vehicle and boat bills for the county were also approved by the court. County Clerk Haven King presented the bills to the court, which were just under $4,700.

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