08-08-2012

Beshear announces refunds of $585,600 to coal counties

Kentucky Press News Service

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday that fiscal courts in 34 counties will receive refunds totaling $585,600 from mining permit and acreage fees. The Department for Natural Resources collects mining permit and acreage fees and returns a portion of the fees to coal-producing counties for projects that the fiscal courts deem beneficial to their communities.

“Every effort is being made by this administration to help the mining industry extract coal in a manner that is safe, efficient and protective of our environment,” Beshear said in a statement issued by his office. “Our coal-producing counties are our partners and these funds provide a direct benefit for their efforts.”

Refunds range from $62 to $111,948, with 11 counties each receiving more than $23,000.The following list includes the counties and refund amounts:

Bell County Fiscal Court

$38,845

Boyd County Fiscal Court

$875

Breathitt County Fiscal Court

$34,191.67

Clay County Fiscal Court

$10,812.50

Daviess County Fiscal Court

$7,175

Floyd County Fiscal Court

$38,320.83

Harlan County Fiscal Court

$35,217.50

Henderson County Fiscal Court

$6,525

Hopkins County Fiscal Court

$4,725

Jackson County Fiscal Court

$325

Johnson County Fiscal Court

$5,212.50

Knott County Fiscal Court

$43,521.67

Knox County Fiscal Court

$24,183.33

Laurel County Fiscal Court

$2,375

Lawrence County Fiscal Court

$6,420.83

Lee County Fiscal Court

$300

Leslie County Fiscal Court

$19,633.33

Letcher County Fiscal Court

$33,437.50

Magoffin County Fiscal Court

$25,787.50

Martin County Fiscal Court

$25,697.67

McCreary County Fiscal Court

$62.50

McLean County Fiscal Court

$350

Morgan County Fiscal Court

$300

Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court

$7,375

Ohio County Fiscal Court

$16,575

Owsley County Fiscal Court

$4,441.67

Perry County Fiscal Court

$56,657.50

Pike County Fiscal Court

$111,948.17

Pulaski County Fiscal Court

$700

Rockcastle County Fiscal Court

$600

Union County Fiscal Court

$1,700

Webster County Fiscal Court

$4,850

Whitley County Fiscal Court

$13,908.33

Wolfe County Fiscal Court

$2,550