Fiscal Court appoints Ethics Commission members, approves tax rates


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 At their regular monthly meeting on Sept. 14, the Meade County Fiscal Court appointed members to the county’s Ethics Commission. All seven positions were open because they were not renewed by the previous administration, according to Judge-Executive Leslie Stith.

 Patrick Houck, John Thomas, Jamie Brewer, Janet Scott, Tom Benock and Sam Melloy were appointed to the commission. District 5’s appointment will be made at the next fiscal court meeting in October.

 The court also approved the tax rates for various county organizations. The Meade County Board of Health’s tax rate was approved at 2.7 cents per $100 of assessed value on real and personal property, and 2.83 cents per $100 of assessed value on motor vehicles. The Meade County Extension Board’s tax rate was approved at 6.6 cents per $100 of assessed value for real property and 3.5 cents per $100 of assessed value on motor vehicles.

 A planning and zoning request was approved unanimously by members of the court regarding a level-three solar farm on five sites off Highway 79. Several members of the public were in attendance to presumably speak in favor of the solar farm, but after the motion was approved unanimously, they chose not to speak.

 In other business, John Beavin gave the court good news, saying that their health insurance rate for county employees is the lowest it has been in recent years at around eight percent. Judge-Executive Leslie Stith also proclaimed Oct. 10 through Oct. 16 as Meade County Homemakers Week, and proclaimed Oct. 19 to be Kentucky Women in Agriculture Day in the county.

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