Pike County has witnessed two political controversies in the past couple of weeks: The spat between County Judge-Executive Wayne Rutherford and the ANE over
Rutherford’s efforts to establish a natural gas filling station using coal severance tax funds, and the decision of the Pike County Fiscal Court to refrain from voting on a proposal to support an application for $1 million in severance tax funds to attract commercial air service to Pike County Airport
What both controversies make painfully apparent is that Pike County deserves a more open and objective process for deciding how to use coal severance tax funds. To
In an ideal world, an open call for proposals for severance tax funds would be issued, and a summary describing the proposals along with a detailed specification of robable
This doesn’t happen, obviously. Too often the relevant decisions are made behind the scenes, and elected officials are subsequently not willing to answer questions about
With all due respect, asking to be informed about how and why millions of dollars — funds that are supposed to be allocated for improving the economic stability of Pike
County — are distributed in a particular manner is not “nitpicking.” It’s political accountability, and it’s a basic right of any democracy.