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Government

  • Watts says city’s tax hike would hurt working poor

    If the city of Bardstown doubles its occupational tax, it will create a hardship for many families, County Judge-Executive Dean Watts said Tuesday during a special meeting of the Nelson County Fiscal Court.

  • Royalty does end run on 911

    The morning after the Bardstown City Council voted 4-2 to ask City Attorney Tim Butler to try one more time to work out a dispatch agreement with the Nelson County Fiscal Court, Mayor John Royalty emailed the magistrates and asked them to let the city out of the relationship.

  • Hite’s note was request to suspend rules of meeting so he could speak

    When city officials were discussing the future of the city and county 911 interlocal agreement Thursday afternoon, County Attorney Matthew Hite and County Judge-Executive Dean Watts wanted to speak, but were told they couldn’t.

    Hite was frustrated and asked that the rules be suspended to allow county officials to comment on the discussion.

    “The county’s here,” he said when it was suggested that city and county officials negotiate.

    Since he wasn’t allowed to speak, Hite handed Councilwoman Kecia Copeland a note.

  • Magistrates vote to keep property tax rate at 14.3

    Nelson County property owners won’t be paying higher rates on their county taxes. Following a public hearing on the rates, the Fiscal Court voted unanimously to keep the real estate tax at 14.3 cents per $100 of assessed value.

    The tangible personal property and distilled spirits taxes will also be 14.3 cents, motor vehicles will be 16.1, watercraft 16.1, aircraft 1.5 and bank deposits .025.

  • Separating 911 calls ‘not a problem’

    The debate over 911 dispatching in Nelson County has touched on many issues, including cost, control, and quality of equipment and service. But the one that turned the tables was the question of whether separating calls in Bardstown from those outside the city limits would be too difficult.

    In June, Fred Hagan told the Bardstown City Council he had talked with Joe Barrows, executive director of the state Commercial Mobile Radio Services Board, and a member of its staff, Tandy Hubbard, and came away thinking that separating local calls would be a problem.

  • Body cams spark heated debate

    People are asking Councilwoman Kecia Copeland when the Bardstown Police Department will have body cameras again, but she can’t give them an answer because Mayor John Royalty won’t give her one.

    Royalty told her last Tuesday he would let her know when he knows.

    “The people want the cams, so they deserve an answer,” she said. “If you don’t have any answers for me, fine. I won’t ask anymore.”

  • City Council deadlocks on doubling payroll tax

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty could be the one to decide whether the city doubles its occupational tax.

    Tuesday night, the City Council divided 3-3 on raising the tax from half a cent to a cent on every dollar earned, both from employees’ salaries and businesses’ net profits. If that remains unchanged when the council has the second reading of the ordinance amendment in two weeks, the mayor could break the tie.

    Ordinarily, the council doesn’t vote on ordinances on first reading, but in this case, the mayor asked for a vote.

  • Bardstown City Council approves fee to fund 911 dispatching

    The Bardstown City Council on Tuesday enacted an ordinance to impose a $24-per-household annual fee on occupied city properties to pay for 911 dispatching.

    The Nelson County Fiscal Court had already passed a similar ordinance for all county property taxpayers, including those in the city, to pay for city and county dispatching, but according to City Attorney Tim Butler, the city’s ordinance would “supersede” the county’s for city residents. They would not have to pay the fee on both their county and city tax bills.

  • Nelson County Fiscal Court briefs from Aug. 23

    Hearing on tax rate set for next Tuesday

    The Nelson County Fiscal Court will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday to hear from the public on the proposed property tax rate for 2017.

  • Settles joining Conservation District Board

    The election for the Nelson County Soil and Water Conservation District Board is over before it even started.

    Only four candidates filed for the four seats out of seven that were contested this year, so there won’t be any contest. Their names won’t even be on the ballot.