Martin Fiscal Court Budget Funds Garbage Pickup for 6 Months

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

INEZ, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The Martin County Fiscal Court approved a balanced budget for the next fiscal year during their meeting Thursday night.

Magistrates originally voted against the budget but returned following an executive session and voted three-to-two in favor of the spending plan proposed by Judge-Executive Kelly Callaham.

The budget has drawn criticism because it only funds garbage pickup for the next six months.

For decades, people in Martin County have been using garbage transfer stations provided free by the county.

"We have three of them throughout the county and people bring their garbage and dump in our containers and we take it to a landfill," says Judge Executive Kelly Callaham.

Free to the garbage dumper but costing the county more than half a million dollars each year.

“For the last 21 years we've paid for that through our coal severance monies, " says Callaham

However, this year that budget is off by about $800,000.

"I could put everyone that works in the county on minimum wage and it would not make a dent in the money we need to come up with," says Callaham

Callaham says because of their current budget situation cuts must be made somewhere and he believes the garbage drop off service is the most reasonable area.

The Fiscal Court now has six months to figure out a way to continue paying for trash pickup before that cost would be passed on to citizens.

Callaham says the budget passed, a possible government shutdown next week has been avoided.

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