Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

May 13, 2014

In Your View 5/13/14

ASHLAND — AHS ‘War Years’ classes to meet

The Ashland High School 1940s classes, the “War Years,” are having a gathering on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at JJ Restaurant on 13th Street. Rememer how much fun we had last year? Well, we’re doing it again! We hope everybody comes out. Lunch will be Dutch treat.

The speakers are Mark Maynard, editor of The Independent, and local marathon runner Amy Compston, who has run in the past two Boston Marathons.

Mark and Amy are co-founders of a mission, Amy For Africa, that has raised more than $50,000 in the past year.

It’s sure to be interesting and entertaining so come out and visit with us!

Lew Dunn

Class of 1948

A question about taxes on vehicles

I returned the registration renewal bill for my previously owned vehicle to Don Blevins, Fayette County Clerk.  

The bill was returned with a note.  The vehicle was registered in my name on January 1, 2014.  Therefore, I must pay the property tax for all of 2014.

Forced to pay tax on property I no longer owned did not sound like I was living in a democracy.  I wrote Blevins for an explanation.  He did not respond.  His non-response promoted some research.

KRS 134.805 (5) confirmed that I owed the tax.  An owner of a vehicle on January 1 must pay the tax on it for the whole year even if the owner trades it on January 2.  Moreover, the traded-in vehicle parked on a lot for resale is also subject to ad valorem tax to be paid by the car dealer.  When that vehicle sells, like the previous owner, the new owner must also pay a 6 percent highway usage tax on it, and then there is the tax at the gasoline pump.

In FY 2012, the Department of Revenue in Frankfort collected $107.8 million in ad valorem vehicular property tax, $416.9 million in highway usage tax, $790.2 million in gasoline tax, making a grand total of $1,314.9 million and politicians cannot make ends meet without forcing citizens to pay tax on property they no longer own.

Conscientious politicians would stop forcing citizens to pay tax on property that belongs to someone else, who is also paying tax on that property.

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    May 13, 2014