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County will end year in black, Ward says




Letcher County’s government will finish the current fiscal year in the black and should be able to spend more money on county projects during the year beginning July 1, Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward said.

Speaking at a special meeting of the Letcher Fiscal Court last week, Ward told the county’s five magistrates that they were responsible for the government finishing the 2006-07 fiscal year in the black. Ward said the county had operated on a fraction of the budget since January 1, and he feels July 1 will mark the beginning of the real work of the current court.

“We’ve made it on a 36 percent budget for six months,” said Ward. “There was lot we couldn’t do, but we worked together and I think it’s commendable. With a new budget we’ll have a chance to implement what we’ve wanted to do. It will free us up to do things we’ve wanted to do all along.”

Magistrate Archie Banks agreed enthusiastically with Ward and said he couldn’t wait to get started.

The court also voted to allow Ward to hire new county employees as needed. Ward told the court the county had been operating with skeleton crews, and new workers are badly needed in several departments.

In other business, the court voted to pay $800 to the Camp Branch Pentecostal Church under the Litter Abatement Program for cleaning up an eightmile stretch of Letcher County highway.

District Two Magistrate Archie Banks said the group picked up 160 bags of garbage. Members of the church were the first to pick up garbage along Thornton Road in several years.

The court also voted to pay election workers who participated in the recent primary.


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