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  • School board hikes tax

    When the Spencer County Board of Education approved a tax hike last year, they said they were approaching a line they would not cross, with Superintendent Chuck Adams suggesting that 65 cents per $100 was the limit. Last Thursday night, the board voted in a tax increase that slightly crossed that line at 65.2 cents.

    It was a decision that sparked anger from one board member, suggesting that elected officials in Frankfort have forced local districts into raising taxes.

  • Pension crisis spurs local discussion

    The pension crisis in Frankfort will impact more than just teachers and state employees. Local government employees are also enrolled in state retirement programs that are subject to potential major changes as state legislators look to salvage a system that is critically underfunded.

  • Pension special session may be delayed until Nov.

    A raft of controversial consultant recommendations delivered last Monday moved Kentucky’s pension reform debate from the policy phase to the political phase. It also appears to have pushed back the anticipated start of a special legislative session many lawmakers were expecting would be held in October.

    “I think it is unrealistic at this point to believe we’ll have a special session before All Saints’ Day,” said state Rep. Jerry Miller, R-Louisville, referring to the Christian holy day celebrated on Nov. 1.

  • Bevin unveils “Beautify the Bluegrass” initiative

    Gov. Matt Bevin today launched his new “Beautify the Bluegrass” initiative, calling on Kentuckians to come together to make their hometowns shine.

    “I want to encourage people in every Kentucky community to figure how out they can become the most beautiful community in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Bevin. “The concept is simple: Identify a problem that needs attention, and then find a way to get involved in repairing, enhancing or beautifying it.”

  • EMS employee disciplined

    Incident could renew debate over time clocks for county employees

    Judge-Executive John Riley said the county may seek reimbursement from an EMS employee who allegedly falsified his time sheet for hours he was not actually on duty.

    The employee, Todd Ulrey, was demoted earlier this month after the fiscal court learned of the time discrepancies. Riley said he had been authorized to fire the employee, but chose instead to demote him and said his time sheets will be monitored closely.

  • Students step up for shelter

     

    Club will match students, dogs

    A new club being formed at Spencer County High School is designed to allow local students to volunteer to help animals in need at the Spencer County Animal Shelter. However, the bond formed may benefit the student just as much as the animal.

  • City still fine-tuning Edgewater sewer deal

    The city’s deal with the state to fund upgrades to the sewage treatment facility at Edgewater, and to tie in to the city’s system, is still being finalized. After nearly 90 minutes of discussion Monday night, the Taylorsville City Commission asked City Attorney Dudley Dale to make some amendments to a proposed Memorandum of Agreement to offer to the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority that could mean a loan of up to $830,000 for the city to complete the work.

  • Consultant report sparks debate over pension fix

    An independent consultant recommended sweeping changes Monday to the pension systems that cover most of Kentucky’s public workers, creating the possibility that lawmakers will cut payments to existing retirees and force most current and future hires into 401(k)-style retirement plans.

    Echoing a message often repeated by Gov. Matt Bevin, the PFM Group told the Public Pension Oversight Board that lawmakers must make dramatic changes to fix one of the worst-funded pension systems in the country.

  • What’s Happening - Week of August 30, 2017

    Circuit Clerk’s Office closed for Labor Day

    The Spencer County Circuit Clerk’s Office will be closed Monday, September 4th, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.  The office will reopen on Tuesday, September 5th at 7:30 a.m.

  • Public record - Property Transfers - Week of August 30, 2017

    The following property transfers were recorded in the Spencer County Clerk’s Office from the period of May 30, 2017 until June 23, 2017.

    John T. Duke and Amber Duke, Mt. Washington, KY to Joseph William Muncy and Amanda Muncy, Taylorsville, KY. Lot 26 of Tindale Place Subdivision. $129,000.

    David A. Zeitz and Evelyn M. Zeitz, Taylorsville, KY to Stuart J. Dill and Kathryn B. Dill, Taylorsville, KY.  Lot 38 of The Views of Elk Creek. $305,000.