After several weeks of workshops, the McCracken County Fiscal Court conducted their first reading of the 2015-2016 budget Monday night in Paducah.
A budget of $34 million includes renovations to the old portion of the courthouse that are projected to cost $300,000.
“Probably the thing getting the most attention is the expenditure for the renovation of the courthouse," said judge-executive Bob Leeper. "The old courthouse has some disrepair on it and we’re gong to try to bring that up to a level that taxpayers expect.”
Leeper said the revenues are expected to be flat and a reduction in reserves changed this year. The strategy of the new fiscal court budget is to reduce the amount of spending due to a decrease in revenues.
“We’ve been able to try to create a little more of an actual budgeting process so that the numbers that we’re going to budget are going to be closer to what we actually anticipate what we are spending," Leeper said.