Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

September 24, 2013

Sanitation District 4 board to change

Carrie Stambaugh
CNHI News Service

ASHLAND — The appointed and paid leadership board of Boyd County’s Sanitation District No. 4 will change next month.

Just who will be going and who will be staying on the board is unclear. Boyd County Judge-Executive William “Bud” Stevens said he will announce appointments to the board on Oct. 8, at a regular meeting of the Boyd Fiscal Court.

When asked about the personnel changes, Stevens said, “I can’t speak about that,” adding the changes were discussed in an “executive session” and are an “individual personnel issue.”

Stevens said the names of individuals he will be appointing to two-, three- and four-year terms will become public Oct. 8.

According to the Department of Local Government the district’s board members are: Don Smith, Mike McCormick, Eric Brandenburg and superintendent Howard Wallace.  However, Smith, the former chairman, stepped down more than a year ago, according to his wife. Wallace is also retired, and Gary Helton is now serving as the district’s coordinator.

Helton declined comment, saying he had no information on a new board being seated and has “no jurisdiction” over it.

Sanitation District No. 4 oversees sewer service in Boyd County. It was founded in 1979 as a special district under KRS 220 to provide county residents with a public sewer system.

In 2009, the district also took over operations of the county-owned and operated sewer system under a five-year legal agreement.  The merger was spearheaded by Stevens, who said it would save taxpayers millions of dollars.

As part of the merger, the county continues to fund the district through occupational license fees in addition to paying the debt service on the county system. According to the Boyd County Fiscal Courts’ adopted 2013-2014 budget, total sewer debt and interest for the current year will amount to $1.14 million. Each year, 15 percent of all occupational license fees are designated for the sewer fund.

According to the Kentucky Auditor’s online registry for special taxing districts, Sanitation District No. 4 had budgeted revenues of $2.9 million, receipts of $4 million and annual expenditures of $3.1 million, according to a 2011 audit.

The agency carried nearly $1 million in revenues from the previous fiscal year.

CARRIE STAMBAUGH can be reached at (606) 326-2653 or by email at cstambaugh@dailyindependent.com