LCC distributes levy excess

Representatives from town and city governments from across Logan County accepted excess levy funds at the meeting of the Logan County Commission held July 6. The excess funds are leftover from the fire and ambulance levy.

The meeting of the Logan County Commission (LCC) held Monday July 6 saw the LCC distribute excess levy funds, receive a letter of support from Congressman Evan Jenkins concerning a grant for the Big Harts water project and provide funding for several civic and social organizations.

LCC president Danny Godby explained the excess levy distributions by saying, “There was a 65/35 split between the ambulance and the fire. The ambulance got $1,500,002 and the fire got $836,000 off the base. Excess off of that in the debt service was $245,000.86 would go back to the county governments. After that is done, if there’s any more residue left, it goes back to the 65/35 split between the fire and ambulance. So, our people in this county have recognized the importance of this levy…and gave a resounding win of over 95 percent [of the vote.] This is thanks to our citizens of Logan County, and more so too, our county governments, our mayors and our fire people who have diligently got out and worked and proven themselves to show the people how important this [levy] really is.”

Chad Story, the field representative for Congressman Evan Jenkins, presented the LCC with a letter of support from Jenkins concerning the small city block grant the LCC is applying for to fund work on the Big Harts water project. The project hopes to bring water to nearly 500 residents of the Harts area. Story added, “Any projects that you’re working on or applying for grants please let me know and I’ll talk to the congressman about it and we’ll do our best to help you in any way possible.”

Other actions taken by the LCC include authorizing a grant application for $15,000 for the Coalfield Jamboree. The Dignity Hospice Memorial Walk requested and received $1,000, The Aunt Jennie Music Festival was granted $10,000 and the Logan County Genealogy Society received $1085 to help in their project in preserving newsletters from the Island Creek Coal Company. The Verdunville Volunteer Fire Department was granted $37,000 to handle debts surrounding the purchase of a new fire truck. Terry Jude was appointed to another six year term on the board of the Buffalo Creek Public Service District. Senator Art Kirkendoll was approved for another three year term to board of the Corridor G Regional Development Authority, and Roger Ramey was reappointed the Airport Authority for another five year term.

The next meeting of the LCC will be held July 20 at 3 p.m. at the Logan County Courthouse.

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