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The Marion County Fiscal Court has contributed more than $180,000 to the Marion County Area Technology Center in recent years, and during the court's April 21 meeting, the court heard where some of that funding has been used.
The court initially contributed $150,000 toward the renovations of the tech center. The court has agreed since then to allow that money to be used in other ways to enhance the tech center. Principal Laura Arnold reported that $63,600 was used to help fund an engineering position at the tech center.
The court also gave $33,609 to help fund a cooperative work program for tech center students. Arnold reported that 16 students enrolled in the Work Place Principles Course that was a prerequisite for the cooperative program. Out of those 16, 11 students were placed in local businesses, 10 of whom are still working with those companies.
In other county business:
- The court approved a payment of $3,010.20 to the Marion County Clerk's Office for preparing the county's tax bills.
- The court agreed to renew its property and worker's compensation insurance with the Kentucky Association of Counties. The county's total premium will increase by 1.3 percent, from $375,891 during the current fiscal year to $380,598 for the 2011-12 fiscal year.
- The court approved a payment of $32,779.79 to Marion County Public Schools for transporting non-public school students to and from school.
- The court approved a funding request of $3,500 from the Central Kentucky Senior Companion Program. That court provided $2,500 from its general fund and $1,000 from the county judge's general welfare fund.
- The court revised its contribution for the Marion County middle school baseball team. During its April 7 meeting, the court had agreed to donate $5,400 even though the team said it only had a need for $4,400, some of which it had already obtained from other sources to that meeting.
After clarifying how much the team needed, the court revised its contribution to $3,400, which included $2,500 from the general fund and the remainder from the magistrates and the county judge/executive's community project funds.
- The court approved a proclamation declaring May 6 as Childcare Provider Appreciation Day in Marion County.