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February 15, 2018

Lawrence Co. Fiscal Court members should be happy to learn about a proposed Ky. Senate bill that if passed into law, would require a vote from the elected court members before any taxing district can raise their tax rate.

District 1 magistrate Morris Howard has been rhe most outspoken of the local fiscal court members about being asked to approve taxes and budgets even though they can't do anything to change them.District 1 magistrate Morris Howard has been rhe most outspoken of the local fiscal court members about being asked to approve taxes and budgets even though they can't do anything to change them.The court has grumbled for eight years about their inability to do anything about the rates set by the various taxing districts even though the budgets and tax rates are brought before them each year to approve.

Here is the story about the proposed bill. I sent the story to Judge/Executive John Osborne this week but he did not respond to a request for comment.

--M. Grayson

 

Senate Bill 25 would require approval from elected leaders instead of appointed taxing district members for tax rates

 

FRANKFORT – The Senate passed legislation today that would require a county fiscal court or city council to approve any proposed tax by a special purpose government entity – such as a library, sewer district or volunteer fire department.

“Senate Bill 25 is a bill that attempts to return Kentucky to the foundational roots of our country,” said sponsor Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester. “The term taxation without representation is, unfortunately, alive and well.

He said that in 2014 the Kentucky State Auditor found more than 1,200 special districts collected $1.5 billion in taxes and fees.

The finding prompted legislation that required special purpose government entities to hold public meetings before increasing taxes and fees and give special reports to fiscal courts regarding their budgets. But despite that, Alvarado said, these districts continue to impose fees and raise taxes against the will of the people.

“Unfortunately these districts are composed of bureaucrats and not elected officials,” Alvarado said. “I feel it is fundamentally un-American to have individuals who can impose taxes on society without those individuals having to answer for their actions at the ballot box.”

SB 25 was amended to exempt local airport boards. Co-sponsor Sen. Wil Schroder, R-Wilder, said he introduced the amendment to make sure that charges such as baggage fees, would not fall under the provisions of the bill. Schroder’s district includes the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport.

Co-sponsor Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, rose in support of SB 25. He said some variation of the bill had passed the Senate the last five years.

“It can’t be overstated ... why this bill is so important in dealing with taxation without representation,” Schickel said.

SB 25 passed by a 22-14 vote. It now goes the House for further consideration.

 

February 15, 2018

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January 30, 2018

Candidate Filing Window Closes for May Primary Election

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 30, 2018) – The window for candidates who must run in a Primary Election to file candidacy paperwork with the Office of Secretary of State and county clerks officially closed Tuesday. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes accepted paperwork from numerous candidates until just seconds before the 4 p.m. ET deadline today.

 

More than 550 candidates filed with the Secretary of State for various offices on the May 22, 2018, Primary Election ballot, including more than 200 candidates for seats in the Kentucky House of Representatives. More than a thousand candidates filed for local offices across Kentucky's 120 counties.

"I am so encouraged by the thousands of Kentuckians of all backgrounds who are stepping up and offering themselves for public service in 2018," said Grimes. "Our democracy is strengthened when more people are involved in the process – not just voting, but serving."

Nearly 100 women – a record number – are running for seats in Kentucky's General Assembly. Additionally, a significant number of candidates are educators.

Thirteen seats in the Kentucky House and two seats in the Kentucky Senate are uncontested.

The 2018 ballot features Kentucky's six seats in the U.S. House of Representatives as well as the 100 seats in the Kentucky House of Representatives and seats in even districts in the Kentucky Senate.

The judicial slate includes the Kentucky Supreme Court's third district, Kentucky's District Judges, and all Commonwealth's Attorneys and Circuit Court Clerks. On the local level, all county officers will be up for election along with city legislative bodies and mayors of some cities.

Grimes and local county clerks will conduct drawings for ballot positions Thursday at 2 p.m. local time. Grimes will certify the candidates’ names for printing of the ballots on Feb. 12.