• 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.

  • New Haven Commissioners discuss new budget

    The New Haven Board of Commissioners met Thursday to work on the city’s budget for Fiscal Year 2011-12. Most of the discussion centered on employee wages and whether water and sewer rates should be increased.

    The city raised rates 3 percent last year. City Clerk/Treasurer Linda Mattingly said if cities don’t increase utility rates each year, Kentucky Rural Development, the primary federal provider of assistance to rural areas, could enforce an increase so that cities can meet their financial obligations.

  • Councilmen, department heads review Bardstown budget

    Bardstown City Council held its second of two budget meetings in one week May 5 to review what Mayor Bill Sheckles referred to as the “wish lists” of city departments and dig into the details of each budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

    “Because we had several new council people that weren’t really knowledgeable about the budget process — that’s why I wanted to start early,” Sheckles explained.