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December 2, 2013

Grayson council aims to help seniors, businesses

GRAYSON — Changes to how businesses pay taxes within the city of Grayson, as well as the fate of the Senior Citizens’ Center, are on the agenda for future planning after last week’s special City Council meeting.

The Council on Tuesday appointed a committee of three council members, Terry Stamper, Duane Suttles, and Pearl Crum, as well as City Clerk Cindy Stratton and City Treasurer Darlene Simmons, to evaluate the current business license fee.

“Businesses pay taxes on their gross sales instead of their net sales,” said Mayor George Steele. “We need to see if making a change is feasible because it will mean big changes to our budget.”

Steele explained that currently a local business, for example, which sells a car for $50,000, would pay taxes on the whole amount.

The committee will evaluate the effect of paying taxes on just the profit, which could be as low as $10,000 on a $50,000 sale.

Council also was presented with a letter from Becky Walker, who chairs the Carter County Senior Citizens’ Community Center Board.

According to the letter, the Board of the CCSCC wants to enter into an agreement with the city that would leave the daily operation and upkeep of the facility to the city.

“There is some language in the letter that we need clarification on,” Steele said. “We think the Center is very important to the seniors of the community and we will see what we can do to help make sure it stays open.”

Council will hold a special work session on Tuesday at 6 p.m. to learn more about the proposal and to discuss the city’s options for assisting.

“The center is not in any danger of closing,” Walker said. “Our senior program is provided through FIVCO and, as we all know, federal and state funds are cut from time to time. We are trying to help make sure that our center stays open for a long time.”

Walker said that the community’s senior citizens won’t notice any change.

The city also continued the process of annexing property on East Midland Trail, where the new Kentucky Department of Community-Based Services is located.

Council also intends to annex property on North Carol Malone Boulevard. The property is home to the Marathon gas station next to the AA Highway and a now-closed restaurant.

LEE ANN AKERS is editor of The Journal-Times in Grayson. Reach here at lakers@journal-times.com

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