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  • Mayor says payroll tax would fund infrastructure

    Liberty Mayor Steven Brown said, in an interview, that a proposed 1 percent tax on payroll for those working in city limits would fund infrastructure, among other government functions.

    “To me it is a matter of fiscal responsibility,” he said.

    The Liberty City Council passed a first reading of the draft ordinance on Nov. 22, which would require businesses to purchase a business license, and also submit quarterly reports on how much their employees made. The city would get 1 percent from the paycheck of every person who worked within city limits.

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  • Downtown Christmas Celebration gets under way Friday

    By David Stone

    The halls are decked and the harp is struck, so don’t be fa la la la late Friday to the Downtown Christmas Celebration Friday at the Courthouse Square in Liberty.

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  • Harrodsburg man dies in Casey Co. wreck

    A Harrodsburg man died in a motorcycle accident in Casey County Nov. 25.

    According to a Kentucky State Police press release, Joseph L. Galloway, 58, was driving his motorcycle on U.S. 127, 2 miles north of Dunnville, at approximately 7: 52 p.m. when he left the roadway and struck a guardrail.

    He was ejected from the motorcycle and the Casey County coroner declared him dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.

  • New mobile business restrictions shot down

    Liberty City Councilman Doug Johnson’s proposal to regulate mobile businesses in the City of Liberty failed to find any support in a Liberty City Council meeting Nov. 22.

    Johnson said it was the council’s duty to protect established businesses from “fly by night” mobile vendors who could set up next to them and sell similar products for less. Councilman Andy Lawhorn wondered whether it was a solution looking for a problem.

    Ultimately, Johnson’s motion to pass a first reading of a proposed ordinance died for a lack of a second.

  • 24 candidates file paperwork in Casey County

    As of Nov. 27, twenty-four people had filed their notification and declaration paperwork to be a candidate for public office in Casey County.

    Several offices will see contested races, including in the Casey County’s Fiscal Court, the Sheriff’s Office, and for Constable – District 2.

  • Forum discusses how Casey Co. could better market itself

    Leaders in both business and government convened at the Casey County Extension office for a First Impressions Forum Nov. 21. There they learned that visitors like Casey County and the City of Liberty, but more could be done to draw them back.

    Melissa Bond, Extension Specialist with the Community Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky, said that, overall, people enjoyed their visits to the community. However, many felt that more could be done to increase tourism, to benefit local businesses.

  • Plaintiffs in Tarter case oppose dismissal

    The three plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit say that defendant Joshua Tarter has misunderstood or misapplied law in his motion to dismiss.

    Anna Lou Tarter Smith, Luann Coffey, and Douglas Tarter, in a Nov. 20 filing, argue that they have appropriately demonstrated the futility of getting Joshua Tarter’s siblings to agree to a lawsuit, that they have standing to bring the lawsuit in federal court, trade secrets were misappropriated and used, and that the alleged fraud rises to the level of a Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act violation.

  • City of Liberty considers 1 percent occupation tax

    The Liberty City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance which would create a 1 percent tax on payroll for almost everyone working in city limits, and would also require business licenses. According to the draft ordinance, it would be effective Jan. 1, 2018.

    At a Nov. 22 meeting, the vote was 4-1 in favor of the new ordinance, with Councilwoman Carla Turner opposing. The council will have a second reading at its next council meeting.