Kentucky coal-producing counties receiving fees refunds

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Refunds totaling nearly $180,000 are being delivered to fiscal courts in 33 counties from mining permit and acreage fees.

Gov. Matt Bevin, who announced the refunds last week, says the money will directly benefit coal-producing counties.

The Department for Natural Resources collects mining permit and acreage fees and sends part of the revenue to coal-producing counties for projects that the fiscal courts deem beneficial to the communities.

Refunds range from $62.50 in Pulaski and Rockcastle counties to almost $40,000 in Pike County.