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June 10, 2014

Property cleanups costly for county


Somerset —

“We’ve been told to try and locate the owners, but sometimes that’s impossible,” Hines said. “Our letters get sent back and we continue mowing. It goes on and on.
“I know we have a responsibility to eliminate eye sores from the community,” Hines added. “But there has to be an end to it. We need to get together and decide how we can sell off these properties.”
In other news from fiscal court, Magistrates voted to adopt the $29.87 million 2014-15 budget. Treasurer Joan Issacs said there were a few “minor changes” to the budget after the first reading, but nothing substantial.
Here are the funding totals included in the budget:
• Total General Fund: $13,701,149.00
• Total Road Fund: $5,664,031.00
• Total Jail Fund: $3,341,461.00
• Total L.G.E.A. Fund: $550,500.00
• Total Fire Protection Fund: $2,633,500.00
• Total Industrial Development Fund: $1,548,000.00
• Emergency Dispatch Fund: $1,928,690.00
• Economic Development Fund: $7,220.00
• Total Federal Grant Fund: $5,000
• Grand Total All Funds: $29,874,811.00.
Jeff Neal is the news editor of the Commonwealth Journal. He can be reached at:

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