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Government

  • Fiscal court meets Thursday, Sept. 4

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

    The agenda is as follows:

    • Minutes of the previous meeting

    • Second reading of the budget amendment on receipt of Marion County Board of Education funds

    • Appointment of Marion County Public Library Board trustee

    • Memorandum of agreement with the Lincoln Trail Board of Health for emergency facility use

  • Lebanon tax hearing set for Sept. 8

    The City of Lebanon has scheduled a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8 at city hall regarding its proposed 2014-15 property tax rate.
    The city is considering a rate of 20.3 cents per $100 valuation. This is an increase over the current rate of 19.8 cents per $100 valuation.
    At the higher tax rate, the city projects that it would receive $615,257 in revenue compared to $591,870 if it leaves the tax rate unchanged.
    The city’s compensating rate would be 19.6 cents per $100 valuation.
     

  • Beshear signs bill revamping state's juvenile justice system

    Kentucky Press News Service

    Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday joined state and local leaders to ceremonially sign legislation that revamps Kentucky’s juvenile justice system by steering more young offenders into community-based treatment instead of locking them up in detention centers.

  • School board keeps tax rate unchanged

    The Marion County Board of Education on Thursday voted 3-0 to keep its property tax rates unchanged for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

    The tax rate last year was 53.8 cents per $100 valuation on real and personal property. That will remain the rate for 2014-15.

  • Court approves funds for tech school equipment

    The Marion County Fiscal Court approved funding last week to purchase new tools for the industrial maintenance program at the Marion County Area Technology Center.
    The Marion County Board of Education recently returned $112,000 to the fiscal court. That money had been intended for improvements at the tech center.
    By getting the money back, the court has direct control over how those funds will be used. The magistrates have asked the county attorney to draft a memorandum of agreement with the Marion County Jobs Consortium.

  • Governor's race heating up

    By Kevin Wheatley
    The State Journal

    While all eyes are on Kentucky’s contentious U.S. Senate race as Election Day nears, another battle between GOP hopefuls for governor is nearing a boil.

  • Fiscal court meets this afternoon

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Funds transfer and close the county government building construction account

    - Presentation and request of funds for technical school upgrades

    - Memorandum of agreement with the Marion County Jobs Consortium

  • Six running for U.S. Senate seat

    Barring a slew of write-in candidates, Marion County voters will only be casting ballots in a handful of contested races this fall.
    Election day is Nov. 4. Marion County voters will be selecting two members of the Marion County Board of Education and three members of the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation Commission. They also have the opportunity to vote for State Representative, U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senator.
    The Senate race now includes three candidates on the ballot and three write-in candidates.

  • Vacant district school board seat will be filled by election

    Michael Mullins stepped down from the Marion County Board of Education on May 21. Mullins was the District 2 board member.
    According to Chapter 160.190 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes, the vacancy should be filled within 90 days after the vacancy occurs. Officially, the Kentucky Department of Education considered the seat vacant as of May 30.
    When a vacancy occurs, the local school district advertises the opening. The Marion County Board of Education advertised the vacant District 2 seat in the June 18 and June 25 editions of the Enterprise.

  • Lawmaker's bill would let homeschool, private-school students play sports at public schools

    By Valarie Honeycutt Spears
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    A bill prefiled this month in Kentucky's General Assembly is not the first that state Rep. Stan Lee, R-Lexington, has introduced to allow homeschooled children to participate in athletics at public middle and high schools.
    But Kentucky High School Athletic Association Commissioner Julian Tackett said the legislation for 2015 "would fundamentally alter high school athletics in the state."