News briefs: Nov. 28, 2012

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By The Staff

Friday last day to apply for state’s taxpayer amnesty

Department of Revenue officials expect the busiest week yet for Kentucky’s tax amnesty program, which is nearing the end of a 61-day window for delinquent taxpayers to come forward.

Friday is the last day to apply for amnesty. For those who take advantage of amnesty, they will likely save 30 percent or more. For those who don’t, tougher penalties and fees, plus a higher interest rate, will be applied along with more aggressive collection efforts, according to a state news release.

To provide additional taxpayer assistance during the final week of amnesty, the Kentucky Department of Revenue is extending operating hours at its 10 field offices around the state. Each office will be open regular hours plus extended hours as noted (all times local):

  • Today through Thursday. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (or until last taxpayer in line leaves).

A list of the main office in Frankfort and field office locations is available at http://www.revenue.ky.gov/aboutus/taxpayerservicecenters.htm.

“The old saying that ‘time is money’ is definitely true in this case, because those who don’t take advantage of Tax Amnesty this week will be paying more later,” said Lori Flanery, secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet.
Since amnesty began Oct. 1, taxpayers have sent thousands of payments for millions of dollars. Officials have fielded more than 25,000 phone calls, and the amnesty website has had page views from more than 52,000 unique visitors, with a significant number of payments being made online. Payments have come into the Department of Revenue from every county in Kentucky and from all states except Vermont and Montana.

Beshear names Neihof to board

Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof to serve on the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board.

Neihof will represent educational programs for the board. He replaces Roger L. Marcum, whose term has expired, for a term expiring May 12, 2016.

Joining him on the board is Col. David E. Thompson of Fisherville, executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs. He represents military. The appointment replaces Col. Mark D. Needham, and Thompson shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term, ending May 12, 2015.


SCHS assessment test sessions for parents

Parents and guardians of students at Shelby County High School are invited to attend an informational session with the administration that is designed to help them understand the 2011-2012 End of Course Assessment results for students.  Each session will focus on specific grade levels.

All sessions will be held in the SCHS Auditorium. This is the schedule:

  • Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for current eighth-grade and freshman students.
  • Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. for current sophomores and juniors.
  • Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. for current seniors.
  • Parents and guardians may attend all appropriate sessions.


Bethlehem stamp, postmark event

The U.S. Postal Service has released the Holy Family Forever stamp, and it will be dedicated at an open house Saturday at the Bethlehem Post Office, 3946 Bethlehem Road in Henry County.

Visitors can have their cards stamped with the traditional Bethlehem postmark and receive refreshments and door prizes from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The stamp, created by designer Greg Breeding and artist Nancy Stahl, shows Joseph leading a donkey that carries Mary and the infant Jesus, guided by a star shining in the twilight of a desert sky. It is available nation wide.

If you want the Bethlehem postmark, you should place stamped, addressed envelopes inside a larger envelope and mail them to: LIVING NATIVITY STATION, P.O. Box 9998, Bethlehem, KY 40007-9998. The Bethlehem Post Office has been offering a special cancellation during the holidays since 1947.


I-64 work ramps up again

After slowing down during the Thanksgiving weekend, work on the Interstate 64 widening project in Shelby County, between Simpsonville and just east of Exit 32, this week returns to its earlier schedule.

Lane closures are possible Sunday through Friday, from 7 each evening until 5 the following morning, and on Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.

The eastbound exit to KY 55 South (Exit 32A) remains closed because of ramp construction. Motorists can use Exit 32B to access both KY 55 North and South. 


KaCO conference starts Wednesday

Hundreds of county and state officials will come together to discuss and share ideas at the Kentucky Association of Counties’ 38th annual conference and exposition today through next Friday at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville.

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson is scheduled to address the opening session, and Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo, Majority Floor Leader Sen. Robert Stivers and several Cabinet officials are scheduled to speak.

More than 900 participants are expected at KACo’s annual event, including county judge/executives, magistrates and commissioners, sheriffs, jailers, clerks, coroners, county attorneys, circuit clerks, PVAs, and their guests.

One of the most important presentations at this year’s conference is a discussion on public pensions.

During the conference, KACo President John Wilson will pass the gavel to incoming KACo President Tommy Turner at the installation of officers banquet.


Republicans take break

The Shelby County Republican Party Chair Jennifer Decker announced Tuesday that her group would not hold regular monthly meetings in November or December.


Leaf pickup in Shelbyville

The Shelbyville Department of Public Works will offer leaf pickup through Dec. 30 within the city limits. Leaves must be bagged in strong garbage bags and tied with a 50-pound weight capacity. They should be placed on the curb, not blocking the sidewalk or street. Residents must call this department, 633-1094, to get on the list for pick-up.


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.