• State offices to close Friday for statewide furlough day

    State offices will be closed on Friday, May 27, as part of the state’s budget balancing plan to furlough state government workers a total of six days in Fiscal Year 2011, as authorized by the 2010-12 biennial budget passed by the General Assembly.

    The furloughs are estimated to save taxpayers about $24 million, as well as prevent laying off more than 400 state employees. The savings generated help close a $131 million gap in the state budget in the fiscal year that ends June 30. State offices will also be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day.

  • Republican secretary of state candidate seeks recanvass

    A request for recanvass of all ballots cast and voting machines of each precinct within the state has been filed by Hilda Legg, a Republican candidate for Secretary of State. The recanvass shall be conducted by county boards of election 9 a.m. Thursday.

    Legg lost a close race to Bill Johnson by only about 1,100 votes. Johnson had 50.42 percent of the vote compared to Legg’s 49.58 percent. The spread was wider in Nelson County, where 58 percent voted for Johnson and Legg received 42 percent of the vote.

  • New Haven looks to balance budget by raising rates

    It may seem a bit darker in New Haven later this summer if Mayor Bobby Johnson has his way as the Board of Commissioners struggles to put together a balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year without raising taxes on its citizens.

  • $19.7 million county budget approved

    County magistrates received the first increase in their annual allotment for road improvements within their districts since 1995 at the May 18 Nelson Fiscal Court meeting.

    The five magistrates each receive $100,000 annually to apply toward repaving within their respective districts. That number was upped to $120,000 Wednesday.

    “The cost to pave a mile of road has gone up dramatically,” said District 4 Magistrate Jeff Lear, who proposed the increase.

    The money was transferred from a reserve account for road improvements.

  • City's occupational tax would double under revenue plan

    Mayor Bill Sheckles told the Bardstown City Council Wednesday he believes raising the occupational tax is the best way to balance the city’s budget. The tentative general fund budget was $284,691 in the red after council members reviewed it in a working session May 18, and after Sheckles cut $175,500 from general fund expenses.

    “I would make a suggestion that we raise the city portion of the occupational tax to change that to 1 percent and raise the cap to $100,000,” Sheckles said.

  • Tourism board budgets for market research, new website

    The Bardstown-Nelson County Tourism Board approved a $655,000 budget for fiscal year 2011-2012 at its May 17 meeting.

  • Photo: Showing their support
  • Last Streetscape change order approved

    Bardstown City Council received what should be the last change order for the year-long Streetscape project Tuesday.

    “I’d like to say I promise it’s the last one, and I think it is,” said engineer Rob Martin with QK4, the firm overseeing the project.

    The big-ticket item on the change order, amounting to $45,420, was water line correction between Fourth and Fifth streets. Crews encountered unforeseen items, including a box culvert, Martin said.

    Other items on the change order were:

  • Photos: Williams, Farmer visit Bardstown area
  • Cuts to offset some of Bloomfield’s budget shortfall

    Bloomfield City Council voted not to offer pay raises to city employees in an effort to cut back on a budget that will see an approximate $100,000 shortfall in 2011-2012.

    The council approved the first reading of the budget May 9 after discussing possible sources of additional revenue for the city.

    Foremost among them was a vote to offer the Bloomfield Civic Center for lease for at least 30 days until the next city council meeting, when the status of the center will be discussed again.