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Fiscal Court Approves $21M Annual Budget

muhlenbergSignGREENVILLE, Ky. (6/27/14) — A $21,290,870 budget was approved by the Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

While the court broke down some of the numbers, Magistrate Darrin Benton said that the budget would be posted soon on the county website for public viewing.

The court also approved its budget transfers. This approval allows money to be moved from one line item in the 2013-2014 budget to another as the current fiscal year about to close.

The court renewed the county's dental health plan benefits for county employees from Dental Health Options as county coverage costs remained the same. Employees opting for self only plans will contribute less for coverage.

The 2014-2015 budget for the Paradise Park Regional Industrial Development was approved, though the amount of the budget was not discussed in the meeting. The court commented that the water, sewer and other utilities are all in place. The development is now ready for business.

The next two items on the court's agenda were linked as they dealt with approving the agreement and the resolution on Rural and Municipal Aid. The monies under this program provide funding for county roads with no monies funding city roads. The money or funding from this agreement comes from Frankfort. The board approved both the agreement and resolution in unanimous votes.

The Belcher and Hunt road bridges were then discussed and a repair bid from Scott Murphy for $74,500 for each bridge was accepted by the court. Muhlenberg County Judge-Executive Rick Newman said both bridges would end up costing the county less than $40,000 for the repairs.

Stone and asphalt bids were opened by the court with the only bidder being Road Builders. The bid amount was not discussed but the court agreed to accept the bid.

Fuel and oil bids were next looked at by the court. Max Arnold currently holds the contract to supply fuel and oil to the county. Upon looking at the bids, Max Arnold was about three cents higher per gallon on 87 octane fuel but the other bidders had listed minimum delivery loads of 2,500 gallons of gas and oil while Max Arnold would deliver much smaller amounts. The board also looked at the infrastructure of Max Arnold. Max Arnold has extensive infrastructure within the county. Max Arnold maintains all of the equipment at no cost to the county while allowing the county use of the equipment.

The court then approved Max Arnold for the fuel and oil contracts. Lubricants were a separate bid but the bids received did not use standardized amounts as some quoted gallons, drums, and totes which can vary in holding capacity. As a result the board tabled the vote on lubricants until the next meeting so that the numbers could be worked out and the bids made more understandable to the board.

The court then voted to pay the bills but had to backtrack on budget issues as it had not approved the 2 percent increase to the pay schedule for county employees.

The board approved both measures unanimously and adjourned.

Charles Riley
SurfKY News Reporter

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