Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

September 16, 2013

Olive Hill City Council

Crowd expected for payroll-tax discussion

OLIVE HILL — City officials expect an overflow crowd to weigh in on a proposed payroll tax and will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Olive Hill Elementary School gymnasium for a vote on the tax.

Along with its regular monthly business, the council will discuss the 1.5 percent tax to which it gave preliminary approval in August.

“When Grayson had a meeting (to discuss a similar tax), they had 350 people in the East Carter Middle School gym,” Mayor Kenny Fankel said. “I don’t think we’ll have that many, but probably more than we can accommodate at our regular site.”

It is likely there will be calls to decrease the rate, perhaps to 1 percent, according to Fankel. “A lot of the consensus in town is that 1.5 percent is too high,” he said.

Council member Glenn Meade, who introduced the ordinance, said a 1.5 percent tax could bring in $125,000 per year.

Fankel said he is still working on getting his own estimates. “I feel we could get by with 1 percent,” he said.

The tax was introduced at the same meeting as the 2013-14 budget, which cut about $11,600 from police, fire, sanitation, street and city administration departments and $2,000 from the recreation budget, according to Fankel.

“We’re a small town ... if you want a 24-hour police department, it costs,” he said.

Revenues have been shrinking in recent years after severe floods depressed property values and the city lost businesses, he said. “To continue the services we have, we’ve got to generate more money.”

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

Text Only
Local News
  • Boyd Democrats take floor at Elks

    Boyd County Democrats met at the Elks Lodge for a matchup between candidates for two of the hottest primary races in Boyd County: sheriff and judge-executive.
    The candidates, sponsored by the Boyd County Democratic Women’s Club, each took to the podium to face the crowd Tuesday night and discuss the candidacy and platforms for the race that is still over a month away.

    April 15, 2014

  • Shay receives 38 years for fatal shooting

    Casey R. Shay, 27, of Morehead, was sentenced Monday to 38 years in prison for the fatal shooting last year of Cassandra M. “Cassie” Owens, 21.

    April 15, 2014

  • 0416homegarden.jpg Space not problem with home garden

    Growing your own dinner is not a concept lost on Kenny Imel.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Greenup court jumpstarts road repairs

    As part of the Greenup County Fiscal Court’s annual expenses, the court approved the first reading of an ordinance that allots up to $1.5 million for blacktopping damaged county roads.

    April 15, 2014

  • Nursing home reports drug theft to APD

    Woodland Oaks Health Care Facility, 1820 Oakview Road, on Monday reported the theft of 30 hydrocodone tablets from a secured area within the nursing home.

    April 15, 2014

  • Devices left from previous construction discovered

    All four lanes of U.S. 23 were shut down for nearly two hours Tuesday following the discovery of old explosives on a hillside rock cut.
    The devices apparently were left over from a previous construction project and were discovered by a crew working on the new Ironton-Russell Bridge, Russell Police Chief Tim Wilson said.

    April 15, 2014

  • Boyd walk to raise awareness of autism

    The differences in the nine children in Carla Malone’s classroom are striking.
    A few can talk, but some won’t make a sound and others jabber apparent nonsense sounds.
    There are playful children and those who keep to themselves. Some of the children can read and do other academic tasks. Schoolwork for others means matching pictures and doing exercises to develop fine motor skills, like learning to hold a pencil.

    April 15, 2014

  • Grimes outpaces McConnell in first quarter

    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has again outpaced her likely Republican general election opponent, incumbent Mitch McConnell, in fundraising during the first quarter — but she remains well behind McConnell in total fundraising and cash on hand.

    April 15, 2014

  • 0416explosives0166 copy.jpg UPDATE: U.S. 23 reopened; explosives eliminated

    More information on the U.S. 23 closure from the the Kentucky Department of Highways.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • BREAKING: Explosives find shuts down U.S. 23

    All four lanes of U.S. 23 have been shut down to the discovery of undetonated explosives on a hillside, authorities said.

    April 15, 2014

Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

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