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  • City council raises taxes over 3 percent

    City councilmen will add $6 for every $100,000 of assessed real property to city tax bills after approving a first reading of a compensating tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year.
    The council voted unanimously to set tax rates at $1.90 per $1,000 assessed real property, a 3.26 percent increase
    All six members of the council also approved to set personal property taxes at $3.07 per $1,000 of assessed property values, a 1.087 percent increase.
    The new rates will produce roughly $1.1 million in revenue for the city, a $32,185 increase from 2012.

  • School board to decide on tax increase

    A public hearing regarding the upcoming fiscal year’s school board tax rate will be held tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 6:45 p.m., according to an e-mail from Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.
    A special-called board meeting is set to be held at 7:15 p.m. following the meeting in order to vote on the tax rate.
    The district’s current draft budget for 2013-14 has been calculated based on a 4 percent revenue increase, according to Anderson News reports.  
    The school board is set to approve its final budget in September.

  • Library lowers property tax rates by 1.2 percent, 3.41 percent

    Library trustees, including two new board members, unanimously agreed last Tuesday to lower real property taxes by 1.163 percent and personal property taxes by 3.41 percent for the upcoming fiscal year.
    Board president Bryan Proctor made the first motion to accept a custom rate of 85 cents per $1,000 assessed value for both real and personal property.
    The new rates will shave roughly $1 off real property taxes and a little more than $3 off personal property taxes on taxpayers’ tax bills.

  • School board approves $30K for high school textbooks, iPads

    The school board unanimously approved $30,399.54 to purchase textbooks for Anderson County High School using collected student fees.
    After approving the $50 instructional fee for high school students, the board voted to use the funds collected from those fees to spend more than $30,000 on math, English, literature, psychology, government and other instructional materials for the new school year.

  • Clark takes home state fair blue ribbon for bourbon pie

    Lisa Gunther Clark of Lawrenceburg said she was “tickled” last Tuesday as she watched a Kentucky state fair judge take a bite of her bourbon tollhouse pie, lift up Clark’s entry and give the pie a sniff.  
    Clark said she wanted to taste the bourbon in her prize-winning bourbon tollhouse dessert, so she included 3 teaspoons of a 100 proof “Very Old Barton” Kentucky straight whiskey.   

  • Ex-state senator charged with DUI following wreck

    A former Kentucky state senator was charged with DUI following a non-injury wreck earlier this month on the Bluegrass Parkway in Anderson County.
    Joey Pendleton, 67, of 905 Hurst Drive, Hopkinsville was more than three times over the legal limit for alcohol when he was arrested, according to a citation filed by deputy Brian Boggs of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Bill removes King as representative in Anderson

    Anderson County will lose state Rep. Kim King as its state representative and receive a new one from Monroe County as a result of district boundary changes included in the state’s new redistricting legislation.
    Gov. Steve Beshear signed a redistricting bill last Friday that will, if given final approval by a federal three-judge panel, split 24 counties into multiple districts and create four new House districts.

  • ‘Mistake’ allows home invasion suspect to walk

    An 18-year-old Lawrenceburg teen suspected of holding two teens at gunpoint in a home invasion has been released from jail with all charges dismissed following a complaint about his case’s improper transfer from juvenile to Circuit Court.
    During an Anderson County Circuit Court hearing last Tuesday, Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman dismissed charges against Kendall Cunningham, 18, and ruled that Cunningham be consequently released from Shelby County Detention Center.

  • School board to set tax rate on Sept. 4

    A hearing regarding the upcoming fiscal year’s school board tax rate is tentatively scheduled to be held Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 6:45 p.m., according to an e-mail from Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.
    A special-called board meeting will be held following the meeting in order to vote on the rate, which would increase 4 percent based on a budget OK’d earlier this year.

  • ACLU warns school district about Gideon’s Bibles

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky or ACLU has warned the state’s school superintendents to follow federal law in allowing groups to distribute non-educational material, including religious literature, during school hours or face future litigation.