Wednesday, June 28, 2000

Budget pencils in tax roll-back

By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer Contributor

        BURLINGTON — Sewer lines in Hebron, eight new police officers, the county's first public pool and community centers.

        Those are among the items included in the 2000-01 budget Boone Fiscal Court approved Tuesday. Judge-executive Gary Moore said there should be one thing more when the $70.7 million spending plan takes effect Saturday.

        “Trends will allow us to roll back property taxes when it's time to in the fall,” Mr. Moore said.

        The new budget is about $2.3 million more than the 1999-2000 budget. The new plan's biggest expenses: about $14.7 million each for debt service and capital projects.

        Construction of the $1.8 million sewer plan for Hebron and Highland and Sycamore drives near Union has begun. Boone County pays for $960,000, and an $870,000 grant covers the rest.

        Boone County's project is part of a $3.8 million sewer plan that includes Campbell and Kenton counties. Mr. Moore said Boone County's portion would be completed within a year.

        The hiring of eight new police officers brings the force to 62.

        The pool and community cen ters are part of a $1.3 million Recreation and Culture department budget. Mr. Moore said Boone Woods on Ky. 18 near Burlington is a possible site for a pool, but he did not name any community center locations.

        The Public Works Department is slated to spend $7.7 million, including $6.3 million on roads. One project calls for $1.1 million to straighten a 3-mile stretch of North Bend Road from Interstate 275 to Kara Lane.

        In other action, fiscal court:

        • Approved a plan in which county jail inmates will be charged $20 a day. The ordinance takes money from a prisoner's account, and negative balances are main tained in case an inmate is re-incarcerated.

        “It's kind of like a pay-to-play in a sense,” County Administrator James Parsons said.

        • Rescheduled the county planning commission presentation to develop the city of Union and a surrounding unincorporated area. The presentation is expected to take place at 8:30 a.m. July 11.

        • Hired Dan Maher as emergency management director. He replaces Bill Appleby, who resigned to take a job in Florida.

        • Commended Patrolman B.J. Eder for his performance at the state police academy in Richmond. He scored highest in four of six leadership categories.


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