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May 6, 2014

Boyd budget receives tentative OK

CATLETTSBURG — The Boyd County Fiscal Court on Tuesday approved first reading of the county’s budget for fiscal year 2014-15.

Budgeted appropriations total $19.3 million for the fiscal year, which begins July 1. Aside from the general fund, which receives 54.7 percent of the budget, the largest portion, 19.9 percent, or $3.8 million, is allocated for the operation of the Boyd County Detention Center.

A total of $3.5 million, or 18.1 percent of the budget, is allotted to the road fund.

Other budgeted expenditures include $808,723, or 4.18 percent, for debt service on sewer projects, $355,000 for local government economic assistance and $217,547, or 1.13 percent, for an emergency fund.

The general fund budget totals $10.5 million, and budgeted expenditures within the fund break down as follows: general government, $4.3 million, or 40.88 percent; protection of persons and property, $1.1 million, or 10.96 percent; general health and sanitation, $387,409, or 3.66 percent; recreation and culture, $654,750, or 6.19 percent; debt service, $452,864, or 4.38 percent; administration; $3.5 million, or 34.03 percent.

Real property taxes are expected to the county’s largest source of income, with $3.5 million in receipts, followed by the occupational tax, with $3 million.

The budget requires a second reading before it can be submitted to the state Department of Local Government for review and approval. That will take place on May 20, Judge-Executive William “Bud” Stevens said.

In an unrelated matter, the court opted to not act on Commissioner Carl Tolliver’s suggestion to amend the county’s ethics policy to completely disallow elected officials from hiring members of their immediate families.

That practice was forbidden under the original ethics ordinance, which was approved in the 1990s. However, the court later amended it to permit each elected official to hire one immediate family member if he or she so chooses.

Although he voted to amend the ordinance, Tolliver said he’d come to the conclusion it’s “better business” to not have more than one member of a household on the county payroll.

“I’m thinking it might be better to change it back to no relatives,” he said, adding he thought the change should apply to future hires only and not to anyone currently working for the county.

But Commissioners David Salisbury and Tom Jackson both said they saw no reason to change the policy, so the matter never came to a vote.

“I’d rather leave like it is,” Salisbury said. “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.”

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.

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