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Fiscal Court holds budget workshop, special meeting


Newsroom Coordinator

The Meade County Fiscal Court met on April 27 to hold a budget workshop as well as a special-called meeting.

Judge-Executive Leslie Stith took Court members through the potential budget for the county for 2021-2022. He said that the budget could change depending on how they are able to spend federal CARES monies, funds which the county has not been provided instructions on how they can spend.

Stith highlighted several points in the potential budget. One of which was the funding of the Meade County History Museum. Stith said that the Court will need to make a decision before the start of the 2022 fiscal year as to how they want to continue funding the museum, or if they want to investigate alternatives such as buying the museum or building another building to house its contents.

The first reading of the budget will take place at the regular Fiscal Court meeting on May 11. After the first reading, changes can still be made prior to the second reading and finalization of the budget.

The Court also discussed the solar ordinance with members of the public that were in attendance. Citizens that were present expressed concern about the mandatory set back distances, arguing that what had been proposed was too restrictive. Some also expressed concern that solar projects shouldn’t be treated differently than other energy enterprises, arguing that the rules put in place for solar should also apply to things like other substations within the county.

Though the Court and, specifically, Magistrate Billy Sipes, went back and forth with members of the public for some time, it is unclear whether a compromise had been reached. The Court will vote on the second reading of the new solar ordinance at their regular May 11 meeting.

The Court then began their special-called meeting, immediately entering into a closed session under KRS 61.810 (1) (b) (c). After returning from closed session, the Court unanimously voted to increase the pay for part-time paramedics and part-time EMTs to $24 per hour and $15 per hour respectively.