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Magistrates had first reading of a nearly $9 million 2008-2009 fiscal year budget at last night's regular Fiscal Court meeting.
The budget includes 3 percent raises for County employees and increases in insurance, gasoline and other general operating costs.
Magistrates were asked to consider two budgets - one with only the 3 percent increases and another with additional employee salary and other funding increases.
The second budget called for an additional pay increase for Taylor County Road Foreman Brian Smothers, Taylor County Co-Solid Waste Coordinators John Harris and Debra McNear and Taylor County Animal Shelter Employee Jon Hawkins.
Rogers said those employees have taken on additional responsibilities and have not been compensated for them.
That budget also included increases in funding for Greater Campbellsville United and the Taylor County Economic Development Authority.
Magistrate James Jones said he is hesitant to vote for that budget because of the uncertainty the County faces in opening the Taylor County Detention Center. He said he would like to approve the budget with only the 3 percent raises with the understanding that magistrates will consider the additional funding requests if they become feasible.
Magistrate Richard Phillips agreed.
Magistrates unanimously voted to have first reading of the budget including only the 3 percent increase for County workers.
County Treasurer Melissa Williams said magistrates will have second reading of the budget in June.
Also at the meeting:
Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers told magistrates that Rural Transit Enterprises Coordinated Inc. has received grant funding to begin operating a taxi service in Taylor County.
Rogers said the service will begin July 1. At that time, he said, only one driver will work for the service but will be available at all times.
Look for more information on these and other stories in Monday's print issue of the Central Kentucky News-Journal.