Friday, January 20, 2012

Harlan County Opposing UPike Proposal

{Harlan, Kentucky}...Officials in Harlan County are opposing a measure that would take millions in coal severance taxes to place the private University of Pikeville into the state system. Under the proposal, the University of Pikeville, which has about 1,100 full-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs, could reduce tuition from $17,000 to $7,000 a year, making a college education far more affordable for students in a 12-county service area that would extend from Middlesboro in the south to Inez in the north. Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop says the money should go to the community college system, which has benefited Harlan, Letcher and Bell counties. Harlan County Magistrate David Kennedy says the measure would draw money away from other worthwhile projects in eastern Kentucky, and the counties should be treated equally, and whatever Pike County receives, Harlan County should also get. Thursday, the Harlan County Fiscal Court unanimously passed a resolution opposing the bill.