Christian Fiscal Court unanimously approved first reading of a $36.2 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year at a special-called meeting Wednesday morning.
Judge-Executive Steve Tribble says the budget does not include any new taxes.
He notes the spending plan includes a continued commitment to renovating the museum and historic Alhambra Theatre.
The funding source for those projects is bonding and the debt service is paid by revenue from the transient room tax—also known as the hotel tax.
Judge Tribble says his budget gives the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library $415,000—exactly what they requested.
The budget also includes $3.8 million for roads and $4.5 million for completion of the public safety building. There is a 3-percent cost of living raise for county employees and Christian County will partner with Trigg to designate $500,000 in grant funds to the Hopkinsville Community College Allied Health Building project.
Final reading of the budget is tentatively set for June 26.
In other action, Animal Shelter Director Irene Grace says 362 animals were brought in last month and 321 found homes. She notes it’s kitten season, so those intake numbers are on the rise and it would be a good time for anyone considering bringing a furry feline into their home to do so.