Butler City Council sets tax rate

By Ed Salerno, Reporter
good deal of open honest discussion regarding the reality of the dire financial condition of the City of Butler’s finances at the Oct. 2, 2017 meeting of the City Council led to a decision that required a tie breaker vote by Mayor Greg McElfresh.
The basis of the decision was whether to raise taxes or not to raise taxes. Mayor McElfresh made a point about last years steep decline in assessment values for the properties in the city which led to a $17,000 decrease in revenue for the city. The mayor also noted that this year’s assessment was a bit higher which led to a higher state determined compensating rate for Real Estate and Personal Property.
The real estate compensating rate is $0.854 per $100 dollars of assessed value or $854 for a home assessed at $100,000. If the city choses to take the additional 4% it would bring the rate up to $0.888 per $100 of assessed value or $888 on a home assessed at $100,000. Here is where the discussion settled, whether to take the compensating rate or the 4%. The compensating rate for personal property was $1.725 and $1.794 for the extra 4%. the same concerns were voiced for it as well.
When Councilwoman
Terry Bush said, “I am not voting to raise taxes.” The mayor pointed out, ”Just by taking the compensating rate you will be raising taxes. That is the rate mandated by the state. Councilman Mac McElfresh said. “Every year since I have been on council we have had to raise taxes just by taking the compensating rate.” Councilman Herb Clark said, “This is our only way to increase our revenue.” City Attorney Joey Verax said, “This is all a matter of public perception.” Councilwoman Bonnie Bonar agreed with Clark. The mayor made a point of saying, “This is your city and mine and I am okay with whatever you choose to do.”
The vote came down to.. See complete story @ falmouthoutlook.com

City of Falmouth sets 2017-18 tax rates

By Ed Salerno, Reporter
Falmouth City Council called a special meeting on Oct. 5, 2017 to set the 2017-18 tax rates and discuss further the budget for the same fiscal year. As to the tax rates Personal Property was set at $0.750 per $100 of assessed value.
The rate for motor vehicles was set at $0.2040 per $100 of assessed value. If ones car was assessed at $20,000 the tax would be around $40.
As to real estate the rate taken was the compensating rate. It was the only one to go up. But of course those rates are not set by the city they come from the state. Last year it was $0.632 per $100 of assessed value. This year is will be $0.657 per $100 of assessed value. Consequently if one owns a home assessed at $100,000 the tax would be $657.
The last item taken up was the 2017-18 budget for the city. Following much discussion council agreed on a new budget with only minor changes to line items used to pay bills. Following a second reading the budget passed unanimously.
Meeting was adjourned.

Sheriff’s Office executes warrant for Sydnor

By Keith Smith, Reporter
One fish avoided the net that was cast by law enforcement when Todd Ramsey’s home on Maple Avenue was raided Thursday, August 3, 2017. Greg Sydnor has been on the lamb since with police searching for him.
Acting on a tip that Sydnor was living there, officers from the Pendleton County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police executed a search warrant at 7:30 p.m. at the home of David Hutchison on Cindy Drive.
pon entering the home, Sydnor was sitting in the kitchen. As the police began their search, Sydnor admitted that he “had dope in his left front pocket.”
That netted two plastic bags with two large pieces of what is thought to be crystal meth and $40 in cash.
In the kitchen there was also digital scales, more baggies of a substance believed to be crystal meth, needles, and spoons.
er receiving his Miranda rights, Sydnor indicated that all the dope was his.
Sydnor was char
ged with trafficking a controlled substance in the first degree and his second offense.
e work hard to try and do something for the drug problem in the county. This was just another part of that,” said Sheriff Craig Peoples on the raid conducted by himself and deputies, Todd Dennie, Cody Fasse and Jared Brewer in conjunction with the Kentucky State Police.

UPDATE: 50 dead, over 400 injured last night at the Route 91 Harvest concert in Vegas. Jason Aldean was performing when shots were fired.

UPDATE: 50 dead, over 400 injured last night at the Route 91 Harvest concert in Vegas. Jason Aldean was performing when shots were fired.

Country music artists were praying for the fans and workers who were at the final night of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, a country music…

Pendleton Wildcats Get Defeated On The Road!

The Pendleton Co. Wildcats Varsity Football Team Was Defeated On Friday Night At Lewis Co. By The Lions ..Final: Lewis Co. 38 – Pendleton Co. 30..Next Game Broadcast On PCRO Will Be October 5th. 2017 At 8 : 00 vs Russell And That Game Is At Veterans Field Pendleton Co.