City's loss would be county's gain if budget reallocates court funds

By FRED LUCAS State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Frankfort and Franklin County along with other cities and counties across Kentucky are at odds over $4.8 million in the state budget.

The dispute stems from the House budget passed last week, which would take revenue generated from "base court revenue" away from cities to provide for county jails. Under the House budget, $42,689 that would normally go into the city's general fund will go to the Franklin County Regional Jail.

"With the times as they are and with the economy and the uncertainty, it's not a good time to lose revenue," said City Finance Director James Rogers.

But Franklin County Jailer James Kemper said he is in favor of provisions in the bill.

"It could help offset some of the loss of revenue from the early releases," Kemper said.

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