PIKEVILLE, Ky. – With everyone expecting an explosion of emotions in what was supposed to be a meeting to announce budget cuts, higher taxes and possible job losses, it turned out none of that information was brought to light.
Instead, the only information Pike County employees and attendees received on Monday morning from Fiscal Court members that a balanced budget was ready to be presented. However, due to the possibility of being able to lower health care costs which is currently provided by the county to workers and their families, the proposal could possibly change the budget they intended to present.
The pressure is on for both sides with only 25 days for the fiscal court to present a budget and workers spending a long weekend wondering if they will be losing their job.
In an unexpected motion Deputy Judge Executive Brian Morris asked the court to decrease his salary by around $30,000, hoping it would help save a job. Morris stated, “he has been blessed.”
In other business addressed at the meeting two employees with the Pike County Solid Waste were terminated, the terminations were approved. The road department brought to the attention of the court a couple of slides in the county that need repaired. Also, there was a community clean up of Fishtrap Lake this weekend on Saturday, June 4 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The next Fiscal Court meeting will be held on June 7 at 5:30 p.m. Meetings are held on the second floor of the old Pike County Courthouse and are open to the public.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News and the Gilbert Times. She can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2278 or 304-664-8225.