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County likely to keep tax rate flat

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Judge recommends no change, will vote on Aug. 29

By Lisa King

The Shelby County Fiscal Court will wait until the last day to set it’s property tax rate for the 2014-15 fiscal year, but that rate is not likely to change.

“That’s the recommendation that’s going to be coming from me and the finance committee,” said Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger after the meeting of the fiscal court Tuesday morning.

“They will review it and officially approve it on the twenty-ninth. It’s been that for five or six years. We had an opportunity to raise it a couple of times, but we did not do it.”

Rothenburger has recommended that the current rate of 11 cents per $100 of assessed value for real property be set for 2014-15.

“We just want to keep it same this year, too,” he said.

Magistrates will set the rate at a special called meeting just for that purpose on Aug. 29.

Rothenburger said the item was not taken up at the fiscal court meeting because of the timing of the situation.

“That’s because we have to do a tax hearing,” he said. “KRS says you have so many days to advertise that, and then after that advertisement, you have so many days to hold your hearing, and it never works out that you can have it on the same day as the regular fiscal court meeting.”

 

New 911 director

After beginning a search for a new 911 director in March, county officials, headed up by Rusty Newton, chair of the Shelby County 911 Board, asked the fiscal court to make the hiring of the selected candidate official Tuesday morning.

Magistrates approved the hiring of Joe Johnson of Louisville at $50,000 per year.

Rothenburger said the county is lucky to get Johnson.

“Joe brings to the table a wealth of knowledge and experience in emergency services,” he said. “He’s going to be extremely beneficial for the ever-evolving 911 center.”

Johnson was fire chief at the McMahan Fire Protection District in Louisville from 2010 to 2012.

“I was the liaison between the fire service and metro government for twenty years,” he said. “Prior to taking over as fire chief, I was the deputy chief. I’ve been working part-time since I retired, at two different fire departments, and I’m looking forward to coming back full time in emergency services; I’m very excited about it.”

Johnson said he is hoping to move to Shelby County soon.

Newton, who is also deputy county judge-executive, said the move to hire a director was prompted by the retirement of a 911 supervisor. The previous director, Cayla Hackworth, who had held that position from 2001 to 2012, was fired in 2012 for not attending to her duties properly while on medical leave.

Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger served as acting director for the past two years, which worked well for a time, Newton said, but that was with a full staff.

"The judge is just acting [director] and is not able to devote the time to it that it needs," he said.

 

Roadwork

Magistrates approved Shelby County Road Supervisor Carl Henry’s recommendation for a bid from MAC Construction to repave Partridge Run Subdivision at $68.61 per ton. That was the lowest of five bids, the highest of which was $81.40 per ton from Shelbyville Asphalt.

Magistrates also approved a bid from Reynolds Construction for 17 cents per foot for striping work throughout the county for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

The other bid was from Oglesby Construction for 54 cents per foot.

 

Also at the meeting, magistrates:

Approved hiring Doreen Fitzgerald for administrative assistant to the county judge-executive at $12.02 per hour.

§       Approved the recertification of agricultural district no. 106-05 as a soil conservation district.

§       Approved giving $500 to the Painted Stone Settlers Long Run Massacre Re-enactment and the Simpsonville Fall Festival, to be held Sept. 13.

§       Declared a Dell computer and keyboard as surplus property.

§       Announced that the Southville Days Festival will be Sept. 6.

§       Announced that the Waddy Labor Day Parade will be Sept. 1.