Guard boosts county's economy, report says

By MICHELLE PERRY State Journal Staff Writer Published:

The Kentucky National Guard units in Franklin County had an estimated impact of nearly $57 million during fiscal year 2002, according to the Department of Military Affairs' economic impact report.

"We're trying to show what kind of impact we have on the community," said David Altom, public information officer with Military Affairs. "This shows the National Guard has a significant impact on Franklin County."

The report is divided into several categories of spending for each county in Kentucky. The soldiers and federal employees in Franklin County were paid $3,106,201 in federal funds. State funds paid state employees $3,483,083.

Guard members spent $1,066,050 on local purchases in the county. The National Guard expended $978,794 in construction costs and $14,105,299 in operational and maintenance expenses. A total of $27,722 went toward state active duty costs, such as natural and manmade disasters, prevention activities and local emergencies.

These numbers were added together to compile a total expenditures number for the National Guard units in Franklin County.

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