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Government

  • Bardstown keeps its property tax rate unchanged

    The Bardstown City Council gave final approval Tuesday to property tax rates that will remain unchanged for the third year.

    City legislators, after the second reading of the ordinance, voted unanimously to keep the rates at 18.2 cents per $100 of assessed value for real estate, 19.1 cents for personal property and 24 cents for cars, trucks and boats for the 2018 fiscal year that began July 1 and runs through June 30, 2018.

  • City of Bardstown expands communications position

    The city is creating a new position, that of marketing and communications specialist.

    Hannah Bowman, who began working for the city as an intern and is now a part-time media specialist, will be going full-time and have more responsibilities.

    Greg Ashworth, the city’s human resources director and risk manager, said at Tuesday’s Bardstown City Council meeting that there is a need for more communication, especially social media.

  • New Haven City Commission discusses how to address state pension debate

    The New Haven City Commission broke ranks with two other local governing bodies and took no action on a resolution urging the state legislature to allow the County Employees Retirement System (CERS) to separate from the Kentucky Employees Retirement System (KERS).

    City councils in Bardstown and Bloomfield had previously supported the measure that is being pushed by the Kentucky League of Cities. More than 100 cities have passed the resolution, and according to Breanna Carroll with KLC, others are expected to follow suit in the coming weeks.

  • Kraeszig restructuring police administration

    The Bardstown Police Department is being restructured again.

    Chief Kim Kraeszig sought the City Council’s approval Tuesday night to have a second assistant chief’s position.

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from Sept. 12

    Tax rates remain same as in 2017

    The city of Bardstown’s property tax rates won’t be increasing this year.

    After a public hearing Tuesday night, during which no property owners commented, the City Council gave its final approval to an ordinance setting the tax rates for fiscal year 2018, which began July 1 and runs through June 30 of next year.

    The rates will remain the same as in 2017.

  • City pension increase to be costly for Bardstown

    Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton received a 32-page letter this week from the state budget director informing him that city contributions to its employees’ retirement is going to go up more than anyone anticipated.

    Because of a lower-than-expected return on the rate of investment and slower growth in employment than was estimated earlier in the year, local contributions to hazardous-duty retirement is going up about 61 percent and non-hazardous is increasing about 50 percent for the 2019 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

  • Copeland recused from closed meeting on settlement

    Councilwoman Kecia Copeland walked out with two lawyers during a two-and-a-half-hour closed-door meeting of the Bardstown City Council Tuesday and remained in the lobby with them until officials reopened the session.

    One of the attorneys, Keith Sparks, would not say whether or not Copeland is suing the city.

    “I cannot confirm or deny anything,” he said.

  • Bloomfield City Council briefs from Sept. 11

    A pair of public works projects in Bloomfield could be directly impacted by the havoc caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

    One of those projects — extending water lines to residents on Hagan Lane — was scheduled to start soon but Public Works Director Ricky Jewell told the city council Monday night that there is a shortage of PVC pipe stemming from the two natural disasters.

    He said the pipe is in short supply and prices have doubled and tripled since the council agreed to the water project at its August meeting.

  • County schools adopt 4 percent tax revenue increase

    Taxes are going up for Nelson County Schools and changes within the district are part of the administration’s justification.

    The Nelson County Schools Board of Education adopted a 4 percent increase in tax revenue at its September work session Thursday night. The decision followed a public tax hearing, held immediately prior to the work session, in which the recommendation of 4 percent was made by Chief Operating Officer Tim Hockensmith.

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from Sept. 5

    Bishop seeks council support for BCCA

    Gary Bishop of the Bourbon Capital Community Alliance presented to the Bardstown City Council Tuesday the group’s plans for a virtual tour of the city.

    The project, which Bishop is describing as “augmented reality,” is similar to others in the world, notably the Museum of London and the new World Trade Center in New York.