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Carroll approves first reading of budget
, Courier Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 11:00 AM
Carroll County magistrates unanimously approved the first reading of a $12.3 million budget during a Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday morning.
Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson called for a motion for the first reading after the budget failed to receive approval for the first reading during a previous meeting.
Tomlinson didn't present the budget again during Tuesday's meeting because it remained the same as before, he said.
The 2014-2015 budget includes more than $5.5 million in the General Fund, about $1.7 million in the Roads Fund, nearly $2.1 million in the Jail Fund and more than $815,000 in the Local Government Economic Assistance Fund.
The budget also includes the usual appropriations to annual festivals and community organizations, $10,000 for the new Jefferson Community & Technical College campus, a 3 percent increase to employee salaries beginning July 1 and an additional $2 million for unspecified capital projects, Tomlinson said earlier this month.
A carry-over line item gave $500,000 to a community center and nearly $4 million in additional funds remain in reserve.
Tomlinson noted during the meeting that the 2014-2015 budget is balanced.
Also during the meeting, Tomlinson discussed road work in the county.
The county plans to resurface Stafford Ridge Road after county crews repaired a slide on the roadway. Crews also plan to resurface Tom Town Road, Tomlinson said.
He asked magistrates to be on the lookout for other locations that need repairs and aren't being considered at this time.
Hinkle Construction crews have begun work on KY 227 to remove a raised concrete median near the high school, Tomlinson said.
Crews will add a turn lane near the high school driveway and slightly move northbound lanes to make room for a center turn lane.
"There's going to be quite a lot of road work going on throughout the county," he said.
In other business:
Magistrates approved a one-year allocation for the Kentucky Mesonet Program, 3-1. The program provides area weather information and has been funded by federal dollars that are no longer available.
Western Kentucky University plans to continue to oversee the climate centers located in Carrollton and other locations throughout the state, but had requested funding from counties to help with operation costs.
Magistrates approved a county road aid cooperative program agreement. The agreement between the state transportation cabinet and the Carroll County Fiscal Court sets aside 18.3 percent of motor fuel taxes for construction, reconstruction and maintenance of county roads and bridges.
Carroll County will receive more than $670,100 in county road aid funds from the fuel tax for the upcoming fiscal year.
The county pool has opened for the summer season. The children's pool is expected to open later this year after construction crews complete needed repairs.
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