McCracken Picks Up Paducah's Indigent Burial Tab

Paducah, KY – McCracken Fiscal Court members voted yesterday to pay the city of Paducah's share for pauper burials, after the City cut funding the program last summer in its 2010 budget. The move ended a long-standing arrangement between the city, county, and local funeral homes to pay burial costs for those that can't afford it. The Paducah Sun reports Judge-Executive Van Newberry and Commissioner Ronnie Freeman questioned the city's priorities. Mayor Bill Paxton says he will ask city commissioners to reconsider the funding, which costs about $15,000 for anywhere between 15 and 30 funerals a year.