Magistrates vote unanimously to keep Compensation Rate same as 2012/2013
Wickliffe – During the recent Ballard County Fiscal Court meeting, Ballard County Judge/Executive Vickie Viniard requested that the magistrates vote to keep the Compensating Rate (Tax Rate) at 18.4% and not raise it by 4% for the 2013/2014 year. Viniard said, “This is not a good time to do it [raise the tax]…Bad time for some people, bad time to do it.” Viniard continued by stating that some people are going to be losing their jobs soon. Magistrate Bob Renfrow made the motion to keep the Compensation Rate at 18.4% and Magistrate Larry Cooper seconded the motion. Also, the tax rate for the Watercraft and Motor Vehicle rates as well as the Property Valuation Assessment rates will remain the same for 2013/2014.
Director of Ballard County Emergency Management Services Travis Holder gave the Emergency Management Services report. During the July 2013 Fiscal Court meeting, Holder stated that he had applied for a grant in the amount of $12,900 through the Hastings Foundation to purchase a truck to be used to tow the water rescue boat that will be stationed in Wickliffe. Holder updated the status for the truck and informed the magistrates that the truck just needs to have the striping painted on it before it can enter service. Holder also applied for the Home Security Grant to purchase sonar sight imaging and suits.
Michael Clarke of the Ambulance Department gave his report. Clarke said that they did get the wheelchair van that the Senior Citizens Center donated in May 2013. Clarke needs to contact the school to see when they can get it painted.
Under old business, Jailor Mike Horn reported that the lighting problems have been fixed at the Ballard County Detention Center (BCDC) as well as acquiring two new individuals to be placed on the part-time call list. This is the same list of individuals that will be called in when a full time employee is unable to work or when occasions arise where it is necessary for a member of the BCDC to work beyond a forty-hour workweek. These persons will help decrease the overtime costs for the BCDC.
Viniard let the magistrates know that at a recent conference she attended, Governor Steve Beshear informed the attendees that more state prisoners will be housed at County facilities. Viniard went on to say that per Beshear, two private prisons are closing down. What this means for the BCDC is that they will have the opportunity to acquire state inmates. The BCDC generates income from having state inmates.
During the Ballard County Departments report, Sheriff Todd Cooper stated that there are currently twenty indictments for meth related crimes. These crimes range from producing meth to committing burglary.
The next Fiscal Court meeting will be held on September 17, 2013 at 9:00 am.