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What is hidden in the “Adopted Budget”

Editorial submitted by Conrad Doyle


 DID YOU FIND, TAKE THE TIME, OR HAVE ACCESS TO THE NOW ADOPTED BUDGET?

 If you did, you had to be as irate as the rest of us that attempted to make any sense of the OUTRAGEOUS AND DECEPTIVE numbers presented. For instance:

5100 PROTECTION TO PERSONS AND PROPERTY $2,857,800.00


$2,038,500.00


$1,410,000.00


$900,000.00


TOTAL $7,206,300.00


 For what are we paying more than $7 MILLION?

9400 FRINGE BENEFITS-EMPLOYERS SHARE


$420,000.00

$683,000.00

$288,000.00

$247,000.00

TOTAL $1,667,000.00

 "I wish I knew how to get a friend a job in the Courthouse" is the leading observation from those in this discussion. But in their defense, this deception is allowed by HB 195 that we talked about earlier in the year.

 Let's review the issue of HB195 that Beshear vetoed in late March. If you remember this bill waived the requirements for local governments in counties with less than 80,000 to post legal notices in their local newspaper. In his veto statement, the governor said the bill "would impede the public’s ability to receive the complete information of a local government’s actions and proposed actions."

 Now, if you have followed this bill, you know that the governor's veto was over-ridden and "your right to know" was buried under an avalanche of political/legal gar