Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Kentucky Sheriff John Kirk: Lock your homes; load your guns and get a dog.

I don't know what's wrong with, if anything, the below link to the FOX News story. Sometimes I get a "not allowed on server" and the story is blocked, other times, it's fine. Don't know what to advise here. It seems to work when right-clicking and selecting "Open in New Window".

FOX News: Law enforcement suspended due to lack of funding.
A Kentucky sheriff has advice for residents after he announced the suspension of all law enforcement activities: Lock your homes; load your guns and get a dog.

Martin County Sheriff John Kirk took the stage without invitation at a fiscal court meeting on Feb. 4, saying his office was still owed a January payment of $75,000, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. He also said new obligations given to his office will add $99,000 to his annual expenditures.
Folks, lock your doors, load your guns and get you a barking, biting dog,” he wrote. “If the sheriff’s office can’t protect you, who will?
Without the sheriff’s office, the residents will have to rely on the Kentucky State Police, which at times only has one officer patrolling multiple counties.
More at WJBF News 6.
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Fixed FOX News link 2/12/2019


BB-Idaho said...

Digging into the background a bit-

Martin County is small (barely 12,000 people) and impoverished (40 percent live in poverty), despite having produced 436 million tons of coal over the last 100 years. Public money, including the severance tax on all that coal, flowed into county coffers during the years that the water system was breaking down.

Some good news for some Eastern Kentucky counties, as Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and the Department for Local Government announced on Thursday that more than $1.3 million will be returned to the counties to be used as needed. The following is a list of how much money surrounding counties will receive: Martin County $102,686.82

Kentucky began issuing a “severance” tax on coal companies in 1972 to assist economic development. According to state records obtained by the Monitor, out of $34.5 million in coal severance funds disbursed since 2001, Martin County spent $7.3 million – or about 21 percent – on sewer and water improvements.

Among other projects, Martin County spent about $3.3 million in coal severance funds on the new courthouse, and another $7 million to build the Inez Business Center.

Coal severance revenues have plummeted in recent years. In 2016, Martin County received only 12 percent of what it got in 2009. Today the revenues provide just enough to cover the bond payments on the new courthouse.

In a place where Big Coal holds so much sway, few are willing to publicly share their grievances.
“People are afraid to complain about the water,” says Mr. McCoy, because they fear losing their jobs or severance packages. “Or their third cousin might be fired. It runs deep.”
---So reading between the lines, we have a good ol boy place run by big good ol boys. The coal business doesn't TrickleDown any more than Wells Fargo. Luckily for the bottom folk, they already have dogs and guns...locks for the outhouses optional.

David Drake said...

Thanks for the news on KY, BB.