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Pike County facing multimillion dollar budget deficit

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

UPDATE 5/9/13

PIKE COUNTY, Ky.(WYMT) - Officials in Pike County have about 40 days to reduce nearly $3.3 million budget deficit.

The Pike County Fiscal Court met in a work session Thursday morning to discuss the deficit.

County officials say drops in coal severance revenue and mineral severance revenue mean big problems for the next fiscal year.

Revenue projections show coal severance down about $1.5 million.

"The mineral severance we don't know what happened. We had a little over $3 million budgeted, and we only received $1,555,000. The combination of the two really hurt Pike County," said Pike County Treasurer Johnda Billiter.

Judge Rutherford submitted a budget proposal that projects cuts in almost every county department with salary cuts across the board.

He blames those cuts on problems in the coal industry.

"We have 1,000 coal miners out of work sitting around their table like we've been doing here trying to figure a way out how to survive and balance our budget," he said.

The court did not make any decisions regarding the budget during Thursday's work session, but they do plan to go back to Frankfort hoping the Department of Local Government can help pull the county out of one of the worse deficits they say they have ever had.

"We know there's money that's in certain categories that we could transfer. It would help us and ease the pain," said Rutherford.

The county does have $1.2 million carried over from the last fiscal year, but officials say it is not a surplus and can only be used for certain things.

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ORIGINAL STORY 5/6/13

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Pike County could be facing a budget deficit of more than $3 million.

Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford says he is proposing cuts across across all county government departments including personnel salary cuts.

Some county fire departments could also see significant cuts.

The fiscal court will have a work session Thursday to discuss the proposal.

They have 45 days to finalize a budget.


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