• Different occupational tax ordinance passes on first reading

    Bardstown City Council members went back to the drawing board Tuesday — once again revising the proposed occupational tax ordinance for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

    Council members passed an occupational tax ordinance in its first reading that would keep the occupational tax rate at 0.5 percent, raise the cap to $100,000 and remove the exemption of the first $15,000 of income.

  • Fiscal court approves pay increase for county employees

    County employees will receive a 1.5-percent cost-of-living pay increase in fiscal year 2012 after Nelson Fiscal Court voted to approve the increase Tuesday.

    The increase will be accompanied by a 6.97 percent increase in health insurance with Bluegrass Family Health, with whom Fiscal Court voted to renew the county’s contract. The increase is lower than the minimum 15-18 percent increase Nelson County Judge Executive Dean Watts predicted only a week ago. At that time, he said most of the wage increase would be offset by the insurance increase.

  • A brief history of the occupational tax ordinance

    Employees in Bardstown earning annual wages below the poverty threshold will pay Bardstown occupational tax if city council members vote to pass the proposed occupational tax ordinance Tuesday.

    In the first reading of the ordinance June 14, council members voted 3-2 to keep the occupational tax rate at 0.5 percent, remove an exemption of the first $15,000 of income and remove the cap of $75,000 of income. The occupational tax ordinance is expected to fix a calculated $284,691 deficit in the 2011-2012 general fund budget.

  • Bardstown mayor on KET Sunday

    Bardstown Mayor Bill Sheckles will be one of several Kentucky politicians to appear on “One to One with Bill Goodman” on KET this evening.

    Sheckles and others will discuss city and county budgets and issues facing city and county governments.

    One of those issues, according to Sheckles, is increasing retirement pension rates and how they are affecting city and county budgets.

  • Council considers alternative to occupational tax hike

    Bardstown City Council member Fred Hagan at a working meeting Tuesday presented a plan to change the occupational tax ordinance that was passed in the first reading last week.

    Hagan asked council members to consider his plan to keep the occupational tax rate at 0.5 percent, remove the exemption of the first $15,000 and keep the tax cap of $75,000 of income in place.

    He told council members he was open to putting a one-year sunset clause on his proposed occupational tax ordinance.

  • NCEDA addresses Tourist Commission

    Spokespersons for the Nelson County Economic Development Agency (NCEDA) addressed the Nelson County Tourist and Convention Commission at a regular meeting Tuesday.

  • Update to radio towers will cost more than $1 million

    The construction of five narrow-band towers throughout Nelson County in order to comply with regulations going into effect Jan. 1, 2013, will cost about $790,000, Emergency Medical Services Director Joe Prewitt told Nelson Fiscal Court Tuesday.

    “It did come in cheaper than I expected,” Prewitt said.

  • Joint Ethics Board meets, discusses ordinance

    Members of the Joint Board of Ethics of Bardstown, Fairfield and Nelson County met to discuss their concerns about the ethical ordinance Wednesday.

    The board reviewed an ordinance relating to the establishment, regulation and administration of a single joint code of ethical conduct applicable to the elected and appointed officials and certain employees in Bardstown, Fairfield and Nelson County on Wednesday.

    Brad Metcalfe, Nelson County, proposed the board should be able to change the wording of the ordinance, if needed.

  • Council passes new occupational tax ordinance

    Starting in 2012, those working in Bardstown may be paying more in occupational tax.

    Bardstown City Council passed changes to the city’s occupational tax 3-2 in a first reading at its regular meeting Tuesday. The changes kept the tax at 0.5 percent of income earned but eliminates the exemption of the first $15,000 and the cap of $75,000. Those working in the city would now pay a 0.5 percent tax on every dollar they make throughout the year. The new ordinance will need to pass a second reading before it becomes final.

  • Triplex planned for Guthrie Drive area

    A plan to build a triplex on Guthrie Drive and another to rezone a lot on Old Bloomfield Pike saw no opposition at a Joint City-County Planning Commission public hearing Tuesday night.

    Two Hall Partners LLC requested to rezone 0.332 acre at 114 Guthrie Drive from B-3 regional retail business district to R-4 multi-family residential district. A garage/storage building will be removed from the property to construct a multi-family triplex, Jim Willett of Saltsman & Willett told the commission on behalf of the property owner.