Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

January 10, 2013

Fairview school board’s final decision on tax likely to come Monday

WESTWOOD — A final decision on a 3 percent utilities tax in the Fairview school district will probably come on Monday, a board member said.

The board has scheduled a meeting for 5:30 p.m. that day to decide its fate, board chairman John Burke said. “We will meet Monday to discuss the options and we will either rescind or it will go to a vote,” he said.

Burke didn’t say which position he will take. “I’m just one of five board members,” he said.

The board has scheduled a 4:30 p.m. open house at Fairview High School preceding its meeting to decide on the fate of a utilities tax. The open house will last until 5:30 p.m., when the meeting starts and will not involve any discussion or decision-making by the board. The purpose of the open house is to show district residents the condition of the high school building, Burke said.

The announcement comes a day after Superintendent Bill Musick sent a notice to Boyd County Clerk Debbie Jones that the board planned a vote to rescind the tax later this month. Musick also said board members had told him that was their intent.

If the tax goes to a vote, it would be in a special election and the district would have to pay for it. Jones has estimated the cost of the election at between $6,000 and $7,000.

The board would face an uphill battle convincing voters to accept the tax. Opponents filed petitions with 366 valid signatures to get the issue on the ballot — taking just three days to collect more than twice as many as needed. District voters nixed previous utility taxes in 2005 and 2007.

The tax would be levied on all utilities, including gas, water, electric, telephone, cell phone, satellite and cable TV. It would bring anywhere from $300,000 to $700,000 per year.

The board enacted the tax last month but state law allows voters to step in if opponents can gather enough petition signatures.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 0419sciencehs.JPG Russell High School wins State Science Olympiad

    The long ride home from Bowling Green was tinged with disappointment for Russell High School students who believed they’d finished as also-rans in the state Science Olympiad last weekend.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0419sciencems.JPG Russell Middle School state Science Olympiad champions

    From identifying hundreds of insects to designing and operating mechanical contraptions that just look like insects, a team of Russell Middle School students took their research and technical skills to the Science Olympiad in Bowling Green last week and came back state champions.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0419melodies0114.jpg Kitchen jazzes up downtown lunch hour

    Some came to enjoy the relaxing sounds of cool jazz and traditional tunes at lunch, while others attended in hopes of picking up a few tricks from a master musician as guitarist Chris Kitchen kicked off the Melodies & Masterpieces concert series in downtown Ashland Friday afternoon.

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • Sparks, Waddell in Carter Coronor’s race

    Incumbent George A. Sparks of Grayson will face challenger William Waddell of Olive Hill in the Democratic primary election for the Carter County coroner’s seat.

    April 18, 2014

  • 04/18/2014 — What's Happening

    Local news

    April 18, 2014

  • Bill3.jpg 'Dreams'

    It was in her own death that Donna Schoonover helped William Schoonover redefine his life.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • guyp-rodnew.jpg 'Uplifting people'

    The snow kept gospel singer Guy Penrod chilling a little longer than it should have this spring.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0418star0024.jpg Raising the roof

    Leaks will soon be a thing of the past at Star Elementary School, where workers are busy putting up a new roof.
     

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fire at Russell care facility

    A care facility for the elderly in Russell was temporarily evacuated following a fire in the kitchen Wednesday night.
     

    April 18, 2014

  • Incumbent, newcomer vie for PVA position

    A longtime office-holder is facing a rare primary challenge in the Greenup County property valuation administrator race.

    April 18, 2014

Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP basketball
SEC Zone