Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock was elected Vice-Chairman of the Kentucky Coal and Mineral County Coalition at its annual meeting held in Louisville. Brock was unanimously elected to serve by his fellow members of the coal and mineral producing counties of Kentucky.
“With the reduction in coal production and the lower prices for gas and oil, pressure on counties to respond to lower severance tax receipts is at an all-time high,” said Brock. “Our coalition is vital in protecting the program and keeping us in front of state legislators with concerns that surround the affected counties.”
Two specific goals of the coalition are to provide a forum to consider problems and opportunities faced by the counties of Kentucky which are being affected economically, socially and environmentally by coal mining and other minerals extraction; and to provide technical assistance in support of the agencies and officials that are charged with the responsibility of dealing with the issues associated with mining and minerals extraction.
“Judge-Executive Brock is one of the mot respected leaders of the coalition. When he talks members listen. Judge Brock has been instrumental in protecting the severance tax program and can always get legislators’ attention,” said Richard Tanner, director of the coalition.
The Kentucky Coal and Mineral County Coalition is now comprised of 105 members counties which have coal, gas, stone, sands and clay extracted.
The coalition was established in the early 1980’s for the sole purpose to promote the benefits of a severance tax and its return to the counties from which it was generated, for economic assistance and economic development.