Judge Executive pushing for courthouse repairs in budget

McCracken County Judge Executive Bob Leeper moved into his new office and got to work, but said another job kept staring him in the face. 

Peeling paint and rotten wood around his window are visible behind his computer screen. Walking the halls of the McCracken County Courthouse, he said he can see lots of other things in need of repair. 

“I was a little surprised to learn we weren’t dealing with the issues,” Leeper said. 

Leeper said they’ve done their homework and research, and they’re asking for $300,000 in the budget for repairs to warped windows, drafty doors, and a huge drainage problem in the basement. 

Leeper said it’s not a secret that when it rains water runs inside, seeping into the carpet and putting records at risk. Several rooms have been abandoned and turned into storage. Leeper said when they get it fixed, it will also help solve space problems. 

A lot of new paint has gone up since he took office. Some offices in the older portion of the building hadn’t received any since the new portion was built in 1997. 

“I won’t say it’s any one person’s responsibility, but I just feel myself that it’s coming on me,” Leeper said. “It’s a taxpayers resource, and we need to maintain it.”

The Fiscal Court passed the total $34 million budget in the first reading Monday night. It will now head to the Department of Local Government for review, and a second reading will likely happen in June. Leeper said it doesn’t include any tax increases. 

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