Judge-Exec Says Warren County May Be Short $3,000,000

Warren County could come up millions of dollars short in its current budget.

Near the end of Tuesday morning's fiscal court meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007. Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon said Warren County may come up some $3 million short of its budget, due to having to finance mandated but unfunded projects required by the Kentucky and U.S. governments.

Among the programs Buchanon cited are $1 million a year required by the "Environmental Protection Agency" to fund storm water management, $1.8 million a year for Kentucky retirement, $1 million a year for the Health Department and $1 million a year required by the jail to house state prisoners.

Buchanon said it's totally unfair for the state and federal governments to mandate projects and then require local governments to pay for them.

He then asked the county budget committee, made up of magistrates "Doc" Kaelin, Robert Donoho and Richard Morgan, to come up with ways to lessen the projected $3 million shortfall.

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