Knott County Fiscal Court OKs budget plan

HINDMAN, Ky. (WYMT) - The Knott County Fiscal Court passed an amended version of a budget today, narrowly meeting the deadline to come up with a plan Frankfort had requested. They also made a decision regarding the judge executive's salary while he's in prison.

The fiscal court voted three to one to approve the plan on condition that it be altered to include a 25 percent cut in the Local Government Economic Assistance fund. The cut was requested to fill a $230,000 deficit in the account. The L.G.E.A. funds departments that include the senior citizens program and the Knott County Sportsplex.

The deputy judge-executive says he expects multiple layoffs.

"Cutting any department is painful. One person losing their job to me is painful but it has to be done," said Knott County Deputy Judge-Executive Greg Mullins.

The fiscal court also voted to stop paying Judge-Executive Randy Thompson's salary. Thompson began serving a prison sentence late last year for vote buying.

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