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Berry’s budget proposal survives first reading

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Charitable support retained after Fiscal Court debate

By Margie Harper

Judge-Executive Harry Berry’s $29 million budget proposal survived a first reading Monday without change, but it hit a few bumps along the way.

After several minutes of debate, Hardin Fiscal Court voted to retain — with some conditions — $22,000 for community support programs in its budget after some magistrates said the aid for local charities should be cut.

Magistrate Dwight Morgan originally made a motion to wipe the funding from the budget, saying he felt taxpayer money should not be used to pick and choose charities.


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