At a Knott County Fiscal Court meeting in mid-October, Judge Executive Randy Thompson and magistrates for the county voted on a one percent occupational tax which was denied by a 3 to 2 vote.
It was decided that eight employees at the Knott County Senior Citizens Center would lose their job by the end of the month. The center was depending on revenue generated by that occupational tax to continue serving 80 meals per day to senior citizens.
Thompson said he notified the Kentucky River Area Development District that they would still maintain a contract with them to continue the program. He said some unforeseen revenue will be able to keep the program afloat for the time being.
“We got some windfall from the re-issuing of bonds on the Knott County Judicial Center and the savings on that produced about seventy thousand dollars they are telling me that the county will receive a one time payment on that and the court has agreed to let that go toward the senior citizen's program and just this past weekend we had a surplus auction auctioning off old vehicles that the county had and that generated about another twenty thousand dollars,” said Randy Thompson, Knott County Judge Executive.
Thompson said that will allow the center to be open around another six months, but they do not know if they will be able to serve the usual 80 meals per day to seniors. KRADD was able to find around 25 to 27 meals per day, but they are unsure if they will be able to do more than that for the remainder of time they can function.
“We are going to get with KRADD to see how many of those seniors are the most eligible for assistance,” said Thompson.
Thompson said he would like to be able to provide the full 80 meals, but he does not know if that will be possible or not. He said they are going to re-evaluate in the future if the center can remain serving meals once these funds are used to keep it open. They are likely going to have to reduce the number of meals served.
Four people at the center will lose their job instead of eight. Thompson said some county employees may be able to pitch in and deliver some of the meals to the elderly.