Gov. Beshear Announces More Than $600,000 in Refunds to 31 Coal Counties

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 1, 2011) – Governor Steve Beshear today announced that fiscal courts in 31 counties will receive refunds totaling $612,450 from mining permit and acreage fees.

“Every effort is being made by my administration to help the mining industry extract coal in a manner that is safe, efficient and protective of our environment,” Gov. Beshear said. “Our coal-producing counties are our partners, and these funds provide a direct benefit for their efforts.”

The permit and acreage fees are collected by the Department for Natural Resources from the coal companies and a third of the fees are returned to coal-producing counties where permits are located for projects that the fiscal courts deem beneficial to their communities. Examples of county projects include the construction of parks, playgrounds and water systems.

This year’s refunds range from $50 to $99,800, with 10 counties each receiving more than $23,000. The department returned $493,000 to 37 counties in 2010 and $616,000 to 34 counties in 2009.

The following is a list of counties and refund amounts for 2011:

Bell County – $34,429.16 Leslie County – $42,500
Boyd County – $812.50 Letcher County – $16,845.83
Breathitt County – $46,966.67 Magoffin County – $16,304.17
Clay County – $15,170.83 Martin County – $24,820.83
Daviess County – $3,200 McLean County – $500
Elliott County – $3,650 Muhlenberg County – $22,650
Floyd County – $39,270.83 Ohio County – $37,875
Harlan County – $86,416.67 Owsley County – $3,791.67
Henderson County – $1,500 Perry County – $32,583.33
Hopkins County – $10,600 Pike County – $99,862.50
Johnson County – $11,045.83 Pulaski County – $125
Knott County – $30,654.17 Rockcastle County – $125
Knox County – $11,469.17 Union County – $6,450
Laurel County – $50 Webster County – $1,825
Lawrence County – $3,362.50 Whitley County – $7,343.33
Lee County – $250


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