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Board 'shall consider' G-town request

June 17, 2009 | 08:35 AM

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners heard a request Monday night from Georgetown Town Council President Billy Stewart to return riverboat gaming revenue to the town.

Harrison County originally decided to share gaming funds in the amount of 1 percent for Georgetown and Floyd County and 3 percent for New Albany.

However, in 2003, the county council voted to strip the funding from Georgetown and give it to Floyd County beginning in 2004.

The interlocal agreement between Floyd and Harrison counties states Floyd County "shall consider" sharing a portion of money received with Georgetown and Greenville.

It also states that if Floyd County should determine to not share the funds received with the towns, Harrison County reserves the right to void the agreement at its discretion.

Stewart said he wanted Harrison County to do exactly that, void or change the agreement with Floyd County because gaming revenues have slowed to a halt for Georgetown.

Since 2004, Stewart said, Floyd County has received nearly $2.5 million from Harrison County. He said Georgetown has seen just $63,000 of that.

"This is an opportune time to take out that wording 'shall consider'," Stewart said. "Would you consider revising it?"

Commissioner James Goldman reminded Stewart that it wasn't the board of commissioners that voted to take away the allocation to Georgetown; it was the county council.

Commissioner Carl (Buck) Mathes, who was a councilman in 2003 when the vote occurred, voted to take away the 1 percent to Georgetown.

Mathes said he didn't remember the wording about sharing the revenue with the towns in Floyd County. He said he would have to study the minutes before making a decision about ratifying the agreement.

Commissioner Terry Miller said when politics are played with everything that comes down the pike, this is what you get.

"Georgetown doesn't have political pull," Stewart said. "We're up against a wall."

Goldman acknowledged the difficulty in going from receiving $250,000 a year to zero.

Stewart made the same request last year and was told to discuss the issue with Floyd County, which, he said, the town has done, to little or no avail.

"They told us if you want it back, go back to Harrison County," Stewart said.

Miller made the motion to take the issue under advisement and to begin dialog with Floyd County to put pressure on them to get it resolved without changing the agreement.

"If that doesn't work, we could take other action," he said.

In other matters Monday night, the board asked Goldman to attend the Harrison County Hospital Board of Trustees meeting tonight (Wednesday) to discuss funding for the Emergency Medical Services building.

The county council approved $750,000 for the project, with the hospital expected to cover the remaining portion.

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    Resident of harrison county
    June 17, 2009 | 10:58 AM


    Harold Scott
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    it is not your money to waste
    June 22, 2009 | 12:22 AM

    I see that the request from the auditors office for $900 for the offices four chairs did not make the news. After the meeting I looked up in for office chairs. The price of four Quillian Black Leather Executive Chairs was $139.99/chair, so that is roughly $605. This shows how the county council and the commissioners spend your hard earned money. Check out for more wasteful spending, like the $265,000 for generators for the 2 private water companies.

    Wyatt monroe
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    June 22, 2009 | 10:38 PM

    that will keep the water running during the next natural disaster like the two we've experienced since september? all i can say is thank you.

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    It's called a Water Bill
    June 23, 2009 | 04:03 PM

    Yes they need generators, but why does the tax payers have to foot the bill. The water company is a private organization, which receives money every month via the citizens. If they get them for 265K on us, then why can’t Wal-Mart or Gas stations get them given to them. We need food and gas during these disasters. The problem I have would be this opens the door to everyone wanting tax payer funded equipment. Who chooses the companies that get free equipment and who does not.
    If the water companies need generators, then they should purchase them on their own dime.

    Wyatt Monroe
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