McCracken County Judge/Executive Bob Leeper is promoting his work to trim the county budget. In the annual state of the county address today Leeper noted a recent communications audit has shown that the county can save $30,000 annually by cutting unused fax and phone lines.
Leeper says the county is currently conducting an energy audit.
“We’re going to save enough money with that energy audit that are going to pay for themselves by the energy [savings] that we are able to achieve,” Leeper said. He added he is continuously looking for ways to save money.
In her state of the city address, Paducah Mayor Kaler provided project updates and said the Fountain Avenue Neighborhood restoration project has seen combined public and private investment of more than $11 million dollars since it began in 2007, with 50 homes rehabilitated and 30 new homes.
Kaler also noted that the city is working hard to keep buildings from crumbling and received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to help demolish an unstable building at 432 Broadway.
Looking forward, Kaler says the city is still considering whether to renovate the existing city hall or construct a new building.
“We do want to see a dual path. We will look at both. We will take some of the recommendations of course. But we have, ultimately, that decision to make in the future.”
Correction: The article previously stated Paducah received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to aid the city's Roof Stabilization Assistance Program.