Todd Fiscal Court approves budget, raises trash card rate

Todd Fiscal Court approved first reading of a $7.4 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year during a special-called meeting Monday and unanimously voted to raise the cost of the annual trash card that allows residents to utilize convenience centers.

Treasurer Tammy Robertson says notable changes in the upcoming budget from the current one is increases in pension liability and cost of health insurance.

Todd County designated $5,000 to the Fort Campbell Strong Alliance, an extra $1,000 to Historic Todd County, Inc. and an extra $1,000 to the chaplain service. Robertson noted the jail is requesting an extra $160,000—with most of that increase made up of staffing, pension costs and health insurance.

Jailer Jeff Penick’s request to bid out the facility’s food service failed on a 3-3 tie, with magistrates Jimmy Turner, John Camp and Alfred Blake casting the ‘no’ votes.

Judge-Executive Todd Mansfield proposed a $12 increase to the cost of a trash card—believed to be the first rate increase since the program’s inception. Todd County residents will have to pay $48 for a year of dropping off their trash at a convenience center when renewal times rolls around in August.

The Todd County Career Path Institute is undergoing a rebranding process as officials work with Novelis to meet their needs. The most likely new name for the joint venture between the school system, fiscal court and Hopkinsville Community College is the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center.