The Bell County Fiscal Court approved a resolution to fund projects based on priority via release and availability of single county coal severance funds on Friday.
Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock said the Department of Local Government realized it was not possible for all the line items placed in the coal severance single county fund to be filled, so now they are requiring all fiscal courts to re-prioritize those lists.
“Coal production is dismal at best,” said Brock. “Projections put forth in 2012 when the budget was made, it’s off 45 to 50 percent in coal severance receipts.”
Due to the downturn in coal, some counties will lose items on their lists or receive a diminished amount of funds.
“Thanks to you guys (the fiscal court) and us looking at our single county coal severance fund different, we are going to be able to meet all of the line items,” said Brock.
Though no one listed on the line item priority list will lose funding, Brock said those organization should not count on the same contributions next year.
“It’s not that our level of support for those groups are any different, but the money just flat won’t be there,” said Brock.
The fiscal court also passed a resolution for the Promise Zone application prepared by Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation. Kentucky Highlands will come to the county and collect data in regards to the unemployment rate, poverty rate, etc. The data will be compiled into documentation.
“It will help us with federal grants in the future,” said Brock.
The fiscal court will not incur any costs from the Promise Zone project. The Promise Zone includes eight counties.
Other items taken care of during the meeting included:
* Payment of bills and make necessary transfer;
* Accepted the treasurer’s financial statement for the previous month;
* Accepted the sheriff’s claim sheet for fee account for previous month;
* Approved minutes from the previous meeting;
* Approved Doug Hoskins to the Bell County 109 Board to replace Donald Hensley who resigned;
* Accepted the Bell County Sheriff’s audit for year ending Dec. 31, 2012;
* Accepted the Bell County Fiscal Court audit for the year ending June 30, 2012;
* Accepted checks in the amount of $26,139.55 from Bruce Bennett, sheriff;
* Accepted checks from Becky Blevins, clerk.
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