Submitted by Conrad Doyle
Well, like you the reader of this column, I am tired of the waiting, tired of the cover-ups, and dang sure tired of Rep. Tate and local officials walking on the rest of us and taking us as fools! They did not think anyone would find out the answer to questions I (we) have asked time and time again! We are all tired of asking and so, with that, please allow me to repeat it verbatim one more time:
State Rep. Nancy Tate, what did you mean when you said "One of the major issues brought to us by county and city officials was their desire for more flexibility when it comes to raising local tax revenue. Local officials want the ability to raise more revenue to cover new projects and skyrocketing pension costs including the flexibility to impose small sales tax increases to pay for local projects.”
Nancy, you had the opportunity, no you had many opportunities, to answer, but you would not, choosing instead to pack your bags, close your office, and slither away. Instead of answering to the people, you chose to try to put pressure on the publisher of this paper, going so far as trying to get this column shut down, and staff members to be fired. The insults, the threats you and those who blindly follow you have levied against this paper and its owners/publisher/staff, etc. have only proven to show the lack of respect you have for those that elected you, and the caliber of people you have "defending you.” You would do well to rid yourself of "Citizen Joe,” he will pull you into the gutter with him. You still have time to save your political career, but it means that you distance yourself from him and others you now reach out to for support.
So, with that, here is the answer to "what was meant by..."
KY HB100 DESIGNED AND PROPOSED BY OUR OWN STATE REP. NANCY TATE and three other St. Reps.
Create a new section of KRS Chapter 67 to allow a fiscal court to levy a fee on certain units. Residential Unit: means a single unit providing living facilities for one (1) or more persons, including provisions for living, sleeping, and sanitation and includes each apartment, manufactured home, or mobile home as a separate residential unit; "Commercial unit" means a nonresidential building space designed or used by an individual nonresidential private or public business enterprise; "Charitable unit" means a nonresidential building space designed or used for carrying out a charitable purpose, on a full-time basis, as determined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; and "Educational unit" means a nonresidential building space designed or used for the purpose of education, educational administration, or extracurricular activities.
(2) In addition to the powers granted pursuant to KRS 67.083, a fiscal court may by ordinance impose a fee to be placed upon any or all of residential units, commercial units, charitable units, and educational units.
Fees imposed shall be for the provision of emergency medical services, subject to the following:
(a) Fees shall be added to property tax bills. The county clerk shall add the annual fees to the tax bills of the affected property owners;
(b) Fees shall be collected and distributed by the sheriff to the appropriate entities in the same manner as the other taxes on the bill, and unpaid fees or charges shall bear the same penalty as general state and county taxes.
This shall be a lien on the property against which it is levied from the time of the levy. The fiscal court, in consultation with the sheriff, shall set a collection fee for the sheriff to retain an amount not to exceed four and one-fourth percent (4.25%) of the fees collected;
(c) Fees shall not exceed one hundred dollars ($100) per unit, per tax year;
(d) The fee may be levied on occupied units, unoccupied units, or both occupied and unoccupied units.
Occupation (means the date it goes into effect) shall be as of the passage of the levy, initially, and every July 1, thereafter;
(e) Fee increases shall be made by ordinance;
(f) Fees collected, except any fees due to the sheriff for collection of fees, shall be placed in a separate fund, and used solely for the provision of the services for which they are levied; and
(g) Fees levied are not to be in lieu of any fees or taxes established by statute.
****Section 2. Whereas it is imperative that any fees for emergency medical services to be levied by a county fall in line with the fiscal year and to give both fiscal courts and the public an opportunity to debate the imposition of any such fees, an emergency is declared to exist, and this Act takes effect upon its passage and approval by the Governor or upon its otherwise becoming a law.
In other words: BEFORE THIS BILL IS EVER SIGNED INTO LAW, AN EMERGENCY HAS BEEN DECLARED AND THE NEW TAX WILL BE LEVIED AND ADDED TO YOUR CURRENT PROPERTY TAX BILL. FAILURE TO PAY WILL RESULT IN A LIEN PLACED ON YOUR PROPERTY, IF YOU FAIL TO PAY...YOUR PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER AT THE COURTHOUSE DOOR.
The actual tax rate is not included in the bill as it is left up to local fiscal court and governing officials to mandate. We only know that the Sheriff Dept. will get up to 4.25% of the tax. Let's call it a commission earned for services provided.
BTW: CHURCHES AND OR CHARITIES ARE NOT EXEMPT.
Next question: why don't we take the $1.7 mil that was left over from the library and use it to fund this "emergency" fund?