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Payroll tax on agenda for Oct. 8

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By BEN CARLSON

An occupational tax and other revenue-generating options are likely to be proposed during an Oct. 8 special-called meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

Since taking office in January, Judge-Executive Steve Cornish has repeatedly said the county is nearing a fiscal crisis as it tries to keep pace with growing demands for services.

The meeting, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., will be an opportunity for Cornish and magistrates to suggest ideas for additional revenue to help offset those expenses.

An occupational tax, which would tax only those who work in Anderson County, appears to be one of the courts main options. Earlier this year, Cornish said instituting a 1 percent payroll tax would generate about $1.2 million in county revenue.

Its unclear what percentage of county residents work in Anderson County, but Cornish has said that number is about 35 percent.

The meeting will be held at the judges chambers, located on Main Street in Lawrenceburg.

The prospect of an occupational tax drew objections during a court meeting earlier this summer when the owners of two businesses said they were opposed to the idea, which was considered about 10 years ago and eventually defeated in lieu of the current insurance tax charged by the county.