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Thousands affected in Henderson Co. after Union Co. mines close

HENDERSON, KY (WFIE) - Just one day after Patriot Coal halts operations at 2 locations in Western Kentucky, people in Henderson County are now being affected.

Henderson County Judge Executive Hugh McCormick says thousands rely on the county's Coal Severance Fund, from volunteer fire departments to animal shelters, and now it is being depleted.

At one point, the fund was bringing in about $300,000 to the county every 3 months.  Then it went down to about $60,000. McCormick says now there is no money.

He's telling people it's time to tighten their budgets.

"Cut spending, hold spending, don't buy anything unless its a need we have to have to keep government running. New trucks, new equipment, everything is on hold until we see what kind of impact we will have from the loss of this revenue," said McCormick.

In the meantime, the county and city will have to take money from a general fund. 

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