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West Virginia governor fails to pay taxes needed by struggling Kentucky schools


The biggest outstanding debt is in Knott County, where a company called Kentucky Fuel Corporation is $1.92 million behind on taxes on real estate, mining equipment and coal reserves, according to local records. The taxes are overdue from a time when ...


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West Virginia GovJim Justice waves to the crowd as he delivers his inauguration speech, Monday, Jan16, 2017, in Charleston, W.Va Walter Scriptunas II AP West Virginia GovJim Justice waves to the crowd as he delivers his inauguration speech, Monday, Jan16, 2017, in Charleston, W.Va Walter Scriptunas II AP jQuery(document).ready(function () { mi.leadAssets.init(); }); State West Virginia governor fails to pay taxes needed by struggling Kentucky schools By Bill Estep And ?Will Wright bestep@herald-leader.com wwright@herald-leader.com LinkedIn Google+ Pinterest Reddit Print Order Reprint of this Story $(document).ready(function () { mi.articleShareTools.init({ nextLinkedin: '10267', nextPinterest: '10221' }); mi.socialSharingScroll.init(); }); February 26, 2018 09:41 AM Hindman Coal companies linked to the billionaire governor of West Virginia owe $2.9 million in delinquent property taxes in Kentucky, shorting schools and local government programs of money at a time many are struggling with tight finances. The biggest outstanding debt is in Knott County, where a company called Kentucky Fuel Corporation is $1.92 million behind on taxes on real estate, mining equipment and coal reserves, according to local records. The taxes are overdue from a time when Kentucky Fuel was controlled by James CJustice II, who was elected governor of West Virginia as a Democrat in 2016 but later switched his registration to RepublicanJustice’s son and daughter became controllers of the company in April 2017, according to federal mining records. Kentucky Fuel also owes $119,221 in 2017 taxes in Knott County that are not delinquent, but began accruing penalties in January and will be delinquent in April if not paid by then. jQuery(document).ready(function () { mi.renderNewsletterIframe.init({ container: '#newsletter-signUpWidget', url: 'http://x.email.kentucky.com/ats/url.aspx?cr=663&wu=186,http://x.email.kentucky.com/ats/url.aspx?cr=663&wu=190,http://x.email.kentucky.com/ats/url.aspx?cr=663&wu=196' }); }); Never miss a local story. Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access. SUBSCRIBE NOW jQuery(document).ready(function () { mi.calltoActionCtrl.init(); }); The state gets a share of property taxes collected at the county level, but the money also helps fund local governments, libraries, health departments and other local servicesMost of the money goes to schools. In Knott County, the school district’s share of the $1.92 million in delinquent Kentucky Fuel taxes would be more than $1 million. The district has seen an annual drop of more than $900,000 in revenue from a tax on unmined coal, which has declined because of difficult market conditions, causing it to cut jobs through attrition and put off buying busesStill, the draft budget for the 2018-19 school year projects a $100,000 shortfall, said Greg Conn, finance officer for the school systemThe district will likely have to cut jobs. The delinquent taxes owed by Kentucky Fuel would be a great help in weathering the crunch, Conn said. “We wouldn’t be nearly as strapped as we are right now,” he said. SHARE COPY LINK More Videos 2:18 Aerial view of Louisville and Cincinnati flooding Pause 0:21 Deer runs through downtown Louisville and dives into Ohio River 1:17 'We're all getting shorted money.' 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