- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Thirty-four coal counties in Kentucky are in line to receive refunds totaling nearly $400,000 from mining permit and acreage fees.

Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration said Wednesday that the amount being refunded to fiscal courts is up slightly from last year.

The state Department for Natural Resources collects mining permit and acreage fees. It returns a portion of those fees to coal-producing counties for projects that the fiscal courts consider beneficial to their communities.

Refunds this year will range from $25 to $73,583.

Beshear’s office says this year’s refunds will total $399,450. Last year’s refund amount was $381,400.

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