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Donations needed to pay for state fair reception

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About half of $9,000 cost has been raised

By Calen McKinney

The county will again host the opening reception at this year’s Kentucky State Fair and donations are being collected to help pay the $9,000 cost.
Rogers told magistrates at their regular meeting Tuesday, July 9, that about $4,050 has been collected so far to help with the cost.
He said letters have been sent to local businesses asking for donations.
Last year, all but about $750 of the $9,000 cost was collected in donations.Along with hosting the reception, the county will be given a large booth to man with materials about the Taylor County community.
Rogers told magistrates in September that the reception at last year’s state fair, which the county hosted for the first time, went over well and many people asked questions about the community.
At the September meeting, Rogers asked magistrates to vote to host the reception again this year.
In a roll call vote, Magistrates James Jones, John Gaines and Tommy Corbin voted to host the reception this year. Magistrates Ed Gorin, Richard Phillips and Matt Pendleton voted to not. Rogers broke the tie by voting to host the reception.
Tickets to attend the reception are available at Rogers’ office at the Taylor County Courthouse.
Companies or individuals interested in donating to the cost of reception can call Rogers’ office at 465-7729.

Also at the Meeting:
• Magistrates gave their approval to purchase a utility trailer at the Taylor County Animal Shelter. The cost will be $4,725 and about $800 received for the sale of three old trailers will be applied to it.
Magistrates also gave their OK for shelter staff members to purchase a new camera to take photos of animals available for adoption.
• The Court agreed to have representatives from Hudson Materials to speak to magistrates about microsurfacing. Rogers said he was told microsurfacing is cheaper than blacktop and is guaranteed for seven to 10 years.
• Magistrates approved their monthly requests for work to be done on county roads.
The requests include repairs to tiles and potholes, installation of signs, mowing and other work.
• Nearly $36,000 has been collected in occupational taxes this fiscal year.
• Magistrates meet in closed session for about 30 minutes to discuss the sale or acquisition of property. They met for about 30 minutes more during a special meeting on Monday. No action was taken after the sessions.