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May 13, 2014

Metcalfe County Magistrates vote to approve $9.8M budget

EDMONTON — Metcalfe County magistrates approved a more than $9 million budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year Tuesday night, which is $742,448 more than the county’s budget of $9,026,122 for the current fiscal year.

“It’s a little higher, but like Vickie [Stephens, county treasurer] said, our revenues are coming up,” said Metcalfe County Judge-Executive Greg Wilson. “We amended another $250,000 in the budget, so that’s a good thing.”

The $250,000 amendment came from a variety of sources, $145,000 of that amount came from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, an increase in excess fees from the county clerk and sheriff’s offices and an increase in property tax revenue.  

“Anytime you get a budget amendment for more revenue, that’s a good thing,” Wilson said.

The grand total of the budget, including all accounts, is $9,768,570.

The budget includes a 3 percent salary increase for all county employees, including magistrates.

Magistrates had mixed feelings about the budget.

“I thought we got a good steady budget,” magistrate Gary White said. “The budget is good. It’s stable, especially with the economy and everything else that is going on. I am very pleased with it.”  

Magistrates Scotty Mosby and Danny Shive had little to say about the budget.

“I’d say it’s fine,” Mosby said.

Shive said he felt good about it.

Magistrate Dale Rowlett pointed out the budget is merely a guideline for the county to follow.

“As long as we don’t go over it. That’s the main thing,” he said. I’ve seen better. I guess it could be worse, but I’ve seen better.”

The totals of each budgetary fund are: General Fund, $2,625,000; Road Fund, $2,840,650; Jail Fund, $240,000; Local Government and Economic Assistance Fund, $80,300; State Grants Fund, $272,000; Federal Grants Fund, $2,053,000; Disaster Emergency Fund, $120,000; Ambulance Fund, $1,017,500; Spay and Neuter Fund, $6,020; Homeland Security Fund, $272,100; and Road Aid Emergency Fund, $242,000.

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