Governor Beshear announces refunds for coal counties

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) – Governor Steve Beshear announced Wednesday that fiscal courts in 34 counties will receive refunds totaling $585,600 from mining permit and acreage fees. The Department for Natural Resources collects mining permit and acreage fees and returns a portion of the fees to coal-producing counties for projects that the fiscal courts deem beneficial to their communities.
“Every effort is being made by this administration to help the mining industry extract coal in a manner that is safe, efficient and protective of our environment,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our coal-producing counties are our partners and these funds provide a direct benefit for their efforts.”
Refunds range from $62 to $111,948, with 11 counties each receiving more than $23,000.The following list includes the counties and refund amounts:

Bell County Fiscal Court $38,845
Boyd County Fiscal Court $875
Breathitt County Fiscal Court $34,191.67
Clay County Fiscal Court $10,812.50
Daviess County Fiscal Court $7,175
Floyd County Fiscal Court $38,320.83
Harlan County Fiscal Court $35,217.50
Henderson County Fiscal Court $6,525
Hopkins County Fiscal Court $4,725
Jackson County Fiscal Court $325
Johnson County Fiscal Court $5,212.50
Knott County Fiscal Court $43,521.67
Knox County Fiscal Court $24,183.33
Laurel County Fiscal Court $2,375
Lawrence County Fiscal Court $6,420.83
Lee County Fiscal Court $300
Leslie County Fiscal Court $19,633.33
Letcher County Fiscal Court $33,437.50
Magoffin County Fiscal Court $25,787.50
Martin County Fiscal Court $25,697.67
McCreary County Fiscal Court $62.50
McLean County Fiscal Court $350
Morgan County Fiscal Court $300
Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court $7,375
Ohio County Fiscal Court $16,575
Owsley County Fiscal Court $4,441.67
Perry County Fiscal Court $56,657.50
Pike County Fiscal Court $111,948.17
Pulaski County Fiscal Court $700
Rockcastle County Fiscal Court $600
Union County Fiscal Court $1,700
Webster County Fiscal Court $4,850
Whitley County Fiscal Court $13,908.33
Wolfe County Fiscal Court $2,550

The Department for Natural Resources is an agency of the Energy and Environment Cabinet.


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