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Government

  • Too much discretion?

     “Community project funds”.

    “Fiscal court project funds”.

    “Discretionary funds”.

    No matter what they’re called, they’ve been under scrutiny recently by Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty. 

    A stricter policy needs to be approved regarding these funds, Daugherty told magistrates at the Marion County Fiscal Court’s meeting on Aug. 2.

    So, what are these funds, exactly? 

  • Judge/executive wants more oversight on magistrates’ discretionary funds

    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty wants the county to have more oversight and be more transparent in its use of project and discretionary funds.

    According to Judge Daugherty, magistrates have $10,000 in project funds and $10,000 in discretionary funds to use for their districts each fiscal year. There are guidelines regarding how those funds can be used, but those guidelines need to be reviewed and a stricter policy needs to be approved regarding those funds, he said.

  • Rupa vs. City of Lebanon

     Deanna Rupa of Lebanon is fighting city government to allow murals she’s commissioned on her rental home to remain where they are, which according to zoning officials, is against city ordinances.

    Rupa’s home is located on Woodlawn Avenue, and the murals are painted by Melvin James, local legally-blind artist. The murals celebrate African American visionaries and leaders, as well as other current events, such as the current scandal surrounding Papa John’s founder and chairman, John Schnatter, over alleged racially charged comments. 

  • Update on General Election candidates

     The deadline to file for the General Election for nonpartisan races, such as school board, city councils, etc., is 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14.

    The deadline to file as a write-in for those offices and any partisan office is 4 p.m., Oct. 26.

    The following candidates have filed:

    • District 5 Magistrate: Brian Smith has filed as a write-in candidate for District 5 magistrate (C precincts), which is currently held by John Arthur Elder III. Elder has held that office since 2002.

  • Judge/executive wants more oversight on magistrates’ discretionary funds

    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty wants the county to have more oversight and be more transparent in its use of project funds and discretionary funds.

    Daugherty read a statement at the end of Thursday’s Marion County Fiscal Court meeting concerning those funds. His statement was as follows:

  • Lebanon City Council approves funding for school resource officer

    The Lebanon City Council approved funding for an additional School Resource Officer (SRO) for Marion County Public Schools during its July 9 meeting.
    The new SRO will help serve the schools located in Lebanon, including Marion County High School, Marion County Knight Academy, Glasscock Elementary, Lebanon Elementary, the Marion County Area Technology Center and the Hugh C. Spalding Academy.

  • Water rate war is over

    The ongoing local water dispute between the Lebanon Water Works Company and the Marion County Water District has finally come to an end.

  • Senator Higdon talks pension and tax increases at local forum

    State Senator Jimmy Higdon addressed the ongoing issue with the Kentucky pension deficit and the need for heavier tax reform at the July 6 Friday Forum hosted by the Marion County Economic Development Office. 

    “In 2002, a couple things happened,” said Higdon. “I was elected, and it was a tough year with the stock market crash. Financially, a lot of things weren’t going well for Kentucky.”

  • Council approves raise for full-time employees

    The Lebanon City Council held three budget work sessions this month before finally voting, 5-0, to approve the 2017-18 and 2018-19 city budgets on June 18. 

    “We are in such a sound financial situation right now. We might not be that way in three years,” Mayor Gary Crenshaw reminded the council.

  • Grand opening

    The City of Lebanon held grand opening, dedication and open house ceremonies on Sunday, June 24, for its new Lebanon City Hall. The Lebanon City Hall is located at 240 West Main Street in Lebanon.

     

    Photos provided by the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission