Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

September 29, 2013

In Your View

The Independent

ASHLAND — Russell tax hike called frivolous

On Monday, Sept. 23, the city of Russell had its monthly council meeting. First on the agenda was the city auditor. His presentation was short and sweet, stating that the city has $2.4 million of liquidity for the balance of the fiscal year ending July 1, 2014, and would be ending the year well in the black. He did not make any recommendations to raise taxes on the citizens of Russell.

Accordingly, the council approved a resolution to raise taxes. The reason given was to add $85,000 to the city’s coffers for a “just in case” fund. The city is sitting on $85,000 to $95,000  in unpaid taxes with no plan to collect those taxes, which would offset any need to raise taxes.

There are many residents of Russell who are not able to afford frivolous tax increases. The city council is not raising taxes because it needs more money; it is raising them only because it can.

Other cities in the area are doing everything to keep operating without raising taxes, but not Russell.

 It is great to be living in Russell, the tax capital of Kentucky.

Norman Eggleston, Russell

Boyd Old-Timers  to meet Saturday

Fall is here, and it’s time for our 60th annual Boyd County Old-Timer’s Breakfast at the Ashland Elks Club at 900 Carter Avenue. The annual reunion gathering will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

Tickets are $10 and must be purchased before Oct. 3 at the Elks Club, at Ashland Sporting Goods, or by calling (606) 329-8338,

We are delighted to have Maj. Gen. Charles “Chuck” Anderson, retired after 32 years in the United States Army, as our speaker.

The breakfast is a great, fun-filled time to meet old friends and to make new ones, while sharing stories of the good old days of the past.

Be sure to get your tickets and join us.

P.J. Wonn III, Chairman, Boyd County Old Timer’s Breakfast Club

Children grieving for missing dog

Spike, a beautiful brindle mastiff, is missing, and my grandchildren — a girl and boy who love Spike dearly— are grieving. Spike has been with my grandchildren and their parents since he was eight weeks old. They loved and took care of Spike for nearly a year before he was taken away.

Our hope is that Spike will be returned to his home, and at least someone will tell the family what happened to him. The family is offering a $500 reward for his safe return.

Anyone who knows anything about Spike is asked to call (606) 571-3145.

Elsie Lee  Jones, Louisa

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