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Government

  • Pension deal could include lottery tax

    By Kevin Wheatley
    The State Journal

    House Democratic leaders will likely propose adding a 6 percent sales tax on Kentucky Lottery ticket sales and expanding available lottery games to fund future pension contributions.
    Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville, said the lottery sales tax would generate $49 million annually, and new lottery games could bring in between $60 million and $90 million over time.

  • White House outlines Kentucky's financial losses if sequester takes effect

    From the Lexington Herald-Leader

    The White House said Sunday that Kentucky could lose millions of dollars this year alone if Congress doesn't act by Friday.
    That's when a series of automatic cuts — called sequestration — will take effect.
    For example, Kentucky would lose $11.8 million for primary and secondary education, "putting around 160 teacher and aide jobs at risk," the White House said in a release.

  • Fiscal court to meet today, Feb. 21

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the David Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda for today's meeting is as follows:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Annual allocation for Loretto youth softball league

    - Marion County Relay for Life presentation seeking court sponsorship

    - Review Code Red storm warning service

    - Review county employee job descriptions for CDL/road/sanitation/other

    - Department reports

    - Payment of bills

  • Fiscal court news briefs

    The Marion County Fiscal Court on Feb. 7 approved $1,200 from community project funds to help the new softball programs at Lebanon and St. Charles middle schools.
    The money came from Magistrate Larry Caldwell, John Arthur Elder III and Steve Masterson’s project funds. Magistrates Jackie Wicker and Roger “Cotton” Smothers have already committed their project funds for the year.
    - The court approved its annual $5,000 allocation for Marion County Little League.

  • Whitfield hosting town hall meeting Feb. 21

    Congressman Ed Whitfield will host his first town hall meeting in Marion County from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.
    The meeting will be held at Centre Square, 239 N. Spalding Avenue in Lebanon.
    Whitfield represents Kentucky’s First Congressional District. Marion County was added to the First Congressional District during the most recent redistricting.

  • No garbage pick-up on Memorial Day

    Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day, and it is a holiday for Marion County government employees.

    As a result, no garbage pick up will take place Monday. Instead, the Monday route will be pick up Tuesday,May 28, along with the regular Tuesday route. County residents are encouraged to put their trash out earlier than usual because May 28 will be a double-up day for sanitation crews.

  • City council meets tonight

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet in regular session at 7 p.m. tonight at city hall.

    The agenda is as follows:

    -       Delegations:

         Lorraine Scott of the American Red Cross

         Mary Ann Bright regarding a tourist attraction

         Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly regarding Code Red

    -       Minutes of the Jan. 7 and Jan. 14 meetings

  • Tourist commission meeting will be rescheduled

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission was scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11. That meeting has been cancelled.

    Lebanon Tourism Executive Director Nicky Reynolds said the commission will not have a quorum for today's meeting, so it will be rescheduled at a later date.

  • Fiscal court meeting at 4 p.m. today

    The Marion  County  Fiscal  Court  is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. today, Feb. 7, on the second floor of the David Hourigan Government Building

    The agenda for today’s meeting includes the following:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Second reading of a  FY 2012-2013 budget amendment

    -  Report of Marion County Clerk  audit for  year  ending  Dec. 31, 2011

    - Resolution  on  acceptance  of funds  for  industrial park  roadway

  • Tourist commission meeting Feb. 6

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission has scheduled a special-called meeting for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Room 300 of the Centre Square Convention Center.

    Wayfaring signage is the only item on the agenda for the meeting. The commission had a brief discussion about the signs during its last regular meeting, but decided to hold a special-called meeting to discuss more details, such as the color, shape and size of the signs.