Whitesburg KY

Fiscal court revises priority list for severance projects

The Letcher County Fiscal Court unanimously adopted a revised schedule for its Coal Severance Tax priority list at its November meeting. The new list will override the previously adopted list to comply with House Bill 410, which maintains that any coal severance tax allocation under $200,000 may not be divided.

Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward said there will be adequate funds available by January 2009 to pay for the entire list of projects. Finance Officer D.J. Frazier told the court it has $4.7 million at present and the remaining $3 million will come in payments of $1.5 million each which she said should be in place by the end of the year. At the request of Fifth District Magistrate Wayne Fleming, the court voted to add the Burdine Sewer Project to the list in case it was not covered under bond funding passed during the last General Assembly session.

Fleming also said that 94th District State Representative Leslie Combs will be working closely with Governor Steve Brashear to coordinate his schedule before he visits eastern Kentucky early next year and he has asked her to include meetings with the Letcher County Planning Commission and other groups.

The Letcher County Coal Severance Tax priority list is:

1. Knott County Interconnect/ Highway 1410 Water Project, $400,000

2. Highway 160-Premium Water Project, $200,000

3. Millstone Water Project, $100,000

4. Pert Creek/Pine Creek/ Cram Creek Water Project, $200,000

5. Letcher County Sanitation Department, $150,000

6. Letcher County Senior Citizens Centers — Improvements and operations, $150,000

7. Fields Cliff water line extension, $70,000

8. Little Shepherd Amphitheatre, $50,000

9. Letcher County Tourism, $50,000

10. Letcher County Sheriff’s Department — Operations, $60,000

11. Letcher County Property Valuation Administration Office, $30,000

12. Letcher County fire departments, $200,000

13. Fire training at Neon, $100,000

14. Letcher County Parks and Recreation, $250,000

15. World War II monument, $50,000

16. Letcher County Veterans Museum — Operations and improvements, $50,000

17. Letcher County Planning Commission, $50,000

18. Letcher County Domestic Violence Center, $50,000

19. Letcher County Animal Shelter, $150,000

20. Fleming-Neon Bridge Construction, $15,000

21. Fleming-Neon water line upgrades, $50,000

22. Hemphill Community Center, $20,000

23. Appalachian Area Early Childcare Development Center, $50,000

24. Appalshop, $25,000

25. Campbell’s Branch Fire Department extension, $40,000

26. City police departments, $15,000

27. Cowan Community Action Group, $10,000

28. Fishpond Lake, $100,000

29. Letcher County Coal Miners Museum, $20,000

30. Letcher County Community Centers, $100,000

31. Letcher County Libraries, $50,000

32. Letcher County Clerk’s Office, $30,000

33. Blackey Community Center, $150,000

34. Hwy. 119 Mayking/Payne Gap Water, $250,000

35. Fleming-Neon/Tim Hall Park, $40,000

36. Kingdom Come School, $150,000

37. Appalachian Regional Hospital Women’s Center, $100,000

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