FRANKFORT – Fiscal courts in 34 counties will receive refunds totaling $585,600 from mining permit and acreage fees. The Department for Natural Resources collects mining permit and acreage fees and returns a portion of the fees to coal-producing counties for projects that the fiscal courts deem beneficial to their communities.

“Every effort is being made by this administration to help the mining industry extract coal in a manner that is safe, efficient and protective of our environment,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our coal-producing counties are our partners and these funds provide a direct benefit for their efforts.”

Refunds range from $62 to $111,948, with 11 counties each receiving more than $23,000.The following list includes the counties and refund amounts:

Bell County Fiscal Court – $38,845

Boyd County Fiscal Court – $875

Breathitt County Fiscal Court – $34,191.67

Clay County Fiscal Court – $10,812.50

Daviess County Fiscal Court – $7,175

Floyd County Fiscal Court – $38,320.83

Harlan County Fiscal Court – $35,217.50

Henderson County Fiscal Court – $6,525

Hopkins County Fiscal Court – $4,725

Jackson County Fiscal Court – $325

Johnson County Fiscal Court – $5,212.50

Knott County Fiscal Court – $43,521.67

Knox County Fiscal Court – $24,183.33

Laurel County Fiscal Court – $2,375

Lawrence County Fiscal Court – $6,420.83

Lee County Fiscal Court – $300

Leslie County Fiscal Court – $19,633.33

Letcher County Fiscal Court – $33,437.50

Magoffin County Fiscal Court – $25,787.50

Martin County Fiscal Court – $25,697.67

McCreary County Fiscal Court – $62.50

McLean County Fiscal Court – $350

Morgan County Fiscal Court – $300

Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court – $7,375

Ohio County Fiscal Court – $16,575

Owsley County Fiscal Court – $4,441.67

Perry County Fiscal Court – $56,657.50

Pike County Fiscal Court – $111,948.17

Pulaski County Fiscal Court – $700

Rockcastle County Fiscal Court – $600

Union County Fiscal Court – $1,700

Webster County Fiscal Court – $4,850

Whitley County Fiscal Court – $13,908.33

Wolfe County Fiscal Court – $2,550

 

Summary

Eastern Kentucky coal producing counties get a refund for the excessive fees charged to them for coal permits and acreage. The excess amount is to be used for a project that is beneficial to the community.  “These refunds range from $62 to $111,948” (Coal counties get refund from mining fees, 2012).

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