Saturday, September 16, 2000

Round two of payments

The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — Applications for the second round of payments from the national settlement between cigarette manufacturers and tobacco growers will be mailed next week and checks could go out in December.

        About $109 million was sent in 250,000 checks in the first round of payments last year, though many people received more than one check. The payments are made equally to the owners of burley tobacco quotas, the owners of property used to produce tobacco and the people who provide the labor for the crop.

        The amount of money available from the companies specifically for farmer payments is less this year — about $84 million. The 2000 General Assembly, though, set aside up to $40 million from a separate settlement with tobacco companies to augment farmer payments to at least the same level as last year.

        The applications will be mailed to farm operators, but each person involved in the production of that crop should be included on the single form. State officials believe the forms will be easier to fill out this year, but a toll-free help line will be available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern time on weekdays.


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