Webster County Judge Executive says county planned its budget to prepare for closing of Dotiki Mine

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WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) – Webster County Judge Executive Stephen R. Henry released a statement on Friday regarding the closing of the Dotiki Mine.

Read the full release here:

“Dotiki Mine has been a major employer for Webster County for over 50 years. While we would like to have had them producing coal for 50 more, we realize that the coal market has made that unprofitable to continue. I am thankful that employees have an option to continue working. Alliance Coal has been a huge supporter of this community and I have been assured that will continue. While this will have a negative effect on our tax revenue, we had already been making changes to our budget over the last two years in anticipation of production ceasing. By doing so, our goal was to ensure that the loss would not cause disruption of vital services for our residents. I commend the magistrates for that forward-thinking. We are still working to bring more economic opportunities to Webster County and we feel that those efforts will bear fruit in the near future. At the same time I urge people to support their local businesses. That will have the greatest positive impact on our community.”

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(This story was originally published on August 9, 2019)

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