McCreary County is located in southeastern Kentucky at the south end of the Daniel Boone National Forest and the north end of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. We also share Cumberland Falls with neighboring Whitley County and have a northeast access to Lake Cumberland.

McCreary County was the 120th, and the last, county in Kentucky to be formed in March 1912 and named for then Governor James B McCreary. In our 100 year history, McCreary County has been influenced greatly by the timber and coal industries, which shape our history, heritage and culture. McCreary County is also largely undeveloped with the US Forest Service and Park Service owning much of our lands. This allows locals and visitors to experience nature in a unique way. Our cost of living and our taxes are relatively low, our people are welcoming and our landscape is scenic and rustic.

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS


McCreary County Park Board
Tuesday December 2, 2014 5:00PM
County Park, Whitley City, KY

McCreary County Fiscal Court - Public Hearing/Open Forum
Business License Permit Ordinance
Thursday December 11, 2014 5:00PM
Upstairs McCreary County Courthouse
(Click here to download the draft ordinance on this issue.
Note that this is the original draft as proposed,
while fiscal court discussion is leaning toward dropping
the fee structure associated with the proposal.)

McCreary County Fiscal Court Regular Session
Thursday December 11, 2014 7:00PM
Upstairs McCreary County Courthouse

McCreary County Tourist Commission
Monday December 22, 2104 5:00PM
Tourism Office, Whitley City, KY
 

WHAT'S HAPPENING?
McCreary County Government & Community News


McCreary County Occupational Tax Numbers Released

McCreary County officials have released the October 2014 Occupational Tax numbers. For the complete summary, including expense totals, as well as other monthly summaries and tax information, visit the Tax Page.


Garbage Collection Schedule for Holidays

The Scott Solid Waste office will be closed Thanksgiving Day (November 27th) but trucks will be running with garbage collection in McCreary County on a regular schedule. Trucks will NOT run and the office will be closed Christmas Day.



METT USA LLC Facility Set To Locate in McCreary County

METT USA LLC, a subsidiary of METT Group International, is in the final planning phase of locating the first US Materials Recovery and Energy Plant (MREP) in McCreary County.  Mark Gay, CEO of METT USA states “We have selected McCreary County among our initial U.S. MREP locations because of the County’s unique opportunity to support METT’s objectives of business viability, environmental protection, and local economic development.  Our belief is that, at full operational capacity, MREP will provide a next-generation capability for responsible  waste-management and clean-energy production.” The facility will be constructed in three phases over three years, and at full capacity will employ 600 to 900 employees.

Susan Stephens, Economic Development Director states, “We are so pleased that the METT Group is planning to begin their US expansions in McCreary County. This is a wonderful opportunity for our community and the surrounding region. Doug and I look forward to continuing our relationship with METT and working with them diligently to finalize the project.” Doug Stephens, Judge Executive stated “This facility is a state of the art operation and will benefit McCreary County in many more ways than just good jobs. I look forward to a promising future working with the METT Group.”

Stearns Trail Town 5K Wins PRIDE Award

PHOTO: The McCreary County Tourist Commission won the PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award for its Stearns Trail Town Trailhead 5K. Judge-Executive Douglas Stephens, Tourist Commission Executive Director Tara Chaney, and Deputy Judge-Executive and PRIDE Coordinator Andrew Powell accepted the award from PRIDE’s Jennifer Johnson.

Click to download the full press release from PRIDE (pdf)


McCreary Fiscal Court Audit Released for 2012-2013

The McCreary County Fiscal Court audit for fiscal year 2012-2013 has been issued by the State Auditor's Office. Click a link below to view the press released concerning the audit release or the full audit report. For more information on county finances, including budgets and financial statements, visit the "Budget & Finances" page.

2012-2013 Audit Press Release (pdf)
2012-2013 Audit Report (pdf)


McCreary County 2014 Property Tax Bills Due

2014 property tax bills for McCreary County are payable now at face amount at the sheriff's office. Tax bill information can be viewed online using a link at www.mccrearysheriff.com and can be paid at the local sheriff's office during regular business hours.


Tire Recycling Continues for McCreary Residents

The McCreary County Judge’s Office was awarded $4,000 this week to continue the tire recycling program. This is the fourth consecutive year, grant funds have been allocated for the program. The funding is utilized only for allowing local residents to dispose of unwanted vehicle tires. The program is completely grant funded and free for all McCreary County residents.

“This is a great program aimed at helping our citizens and we are pleased to offer this recycling opportunity again this year,” said Doug Stephens, McCreary County Judge-Executive.

Utilizing the program is very easy and free for all local residents. If an individual has less than ten tires they need to recycle, they can take them to the transfer station/recycling center in Stearns. A convenient trailer is placed out front of the recycling center as a repository for the waste tires.

If an individual has more than ten tires, they can come to the Judge Executive’s Office and request a voucher. The tires and voucher can then be taken to Leslie’s Tires in Stearns, the county’s certified recycling partner in this program.

Both methods of disposal of completely free, funded by the grant, and will be available until all funds are exhausted or the grant deadline of June 30 arrives. Citizens are highly encouraged to participate in the program as any funds not spent locally in the program must be returned to the Commonwealth.

Last year 1,441 tires were recycled through the program. A total of 3,521 tires have been recycled through the program since being made available to the county in 2011.

The program is funded through the Kentucky PRIDE program and administered by the Division of Waste Management. To learn more about recycling in McCreary County please visit http://www.mccrearycounty.com/Recycling.html. You can also contact the Judge Executive’s Office at 376-2413 for more information.

McCreary County Tax Rates Set for 2014

The McCreary County Fiscal Court has accepted and set the 2014 tax rates, allowing for the printing and mailing of property tax bills in the coming weeks. Tax rates are set as follows: County (Real Property) 9.50, County (Motor & Watercraft) 20.40, Library (Real & Personal Property) 7.70, Health District 4.0, Soil & Water Conservation 1.70, Board of Education 39.70, Fire Districts 10.0 (Eagle/Sawyer, North McCreary, Central/Whitley City, South McCreary, West McCreary).


 McCreary Tourism Awarded Beautification Grant

McCreary County Tourism officials have announced that they have received a grant award in the amount of $24,945 for beautification efforts locally. The grant comes from TOUR SEKY, based in Somerset, Kentucky, and will help with items such as street light poles, pole banners, benches, and signage in Whitley City, Stearns and at the county entrances. The project is another step in the overall "Trail Town" project for McCreary County Tourism. For details contact Tara Chaney, McCreary County Tourism Director, at 606-376-3008 or e-mail mailto:tara@mccrearycounty.com.  


McCreary County Awarded Recycling Grant

McCreary County officials were recently notified of the county's selection to receive a recycling grant for fiscal year 2014-2015. The grant, worth just over $13,000, comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund administered by the state's division of waste management. The money comes from a $1.75 per ton fee charge on municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky landfills and invested back into local communities.


PVA Introduces New Property Database Website

McCreary County PVA Bruce Lominac has announced that a new statewide property database website has been launched. It allows interested parties to search property records, maps, aerial photos and provides links to other local and state websites. Information is also available on appeals, as well as forms and an overall view of what the PVA does. To visit the new website click the link (http://qpublic.net/ky/mccreary//mccreary) or for information call the McCreary County PVA's office at (606)376-2514.


McCreary County's New Animal Transport Box

Using its share of $225,000 divided amongst Kentucky's 120 counties from the estate of the late Bland Hardison of Muhlenberg County, McCreary County recently purchased a new animal transport box to be used by Animal Control Officer Milford Creekmore II. Shown below, the box will allow Creekmore to better serve the community on his limited annual budget.


(Photo courtesy Janie Slaven/The McCreary County Record)

 
 
A Message from Judge Executive Doug Stephens...

Welcome to Scenic McCreary County, Kentucky!

I invite you to explore our website for information about our beautiful county and its hospitable people. Plan your visit, research our community, find out why you should locate your business here, and be sure to contact us with questions. Experience, explore & enjoy Scenic McCreary County...It's Our Nature!

McCreary County Courthouse located on Main Street in downtown Whitley City. Home to district and circuit court, as well as county and state offices.

McCreary County Contact Information
McCreary County Fiscal Court
PO Box 579 Whitley City, KY 42653
Phone: 606-376-2413/Fax: 606-376-9499
Judge Executive: Douglas E "Doug" Stephens
E-mail: dstephens@mccrearycounty.com

Deputy Judge Executive: Andrew "Andy" Powell
E-mail: apowell@mccrearycounty.com


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