Fiscal court gets meeting started with yet another closed door session

Posted September 18, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Clinton County Fiscal Court held another special call meeting last Friday morning, September 13 with five of six magistrates in attendance. There were four items of business on the agenda for the session that lasted about a half-hour.

Doing things a bit in reverse compared to past meetings, the court first entered into an approximate 20-minute closed session, taking the county’s business behind closed doors once again, with a discussion of personnel matters being listed on the agenda.

Upon returning to open session, with no official action being taken as a result of the closed door session, the court then dealt with several tax issues.

County Treasurer Dallas Sidwell, in noting the Soil Conservation District has announced a 1.6 cents rate for the 2013 tax year, which is the compensating or higher rate, had requested instead not to take the compensating rate and keep it the same as last year, at .0157 cents.

Magistrate Mickey Riddle made a motion to rescind the court’s previous vote on 1.6 cents and Magistrate Terry Buster made a motion to set the Soil Conservation District rate at the requested .0157 per one hundred dollars of assessed value. Both motions passed by unanimous vote.

Sidwell also said he had made a clerical error in the rate of the county’s personal tax rate on motor vehicle’s when the court originally set the rates, noting the rate for motor vehicles for the county should be at 7.8 cents. A motion to that effect was made and passed unanimously.

Court members also approved the tax rates set by the Clinton County Library Board, at 3.2 cents on real estate and 4.71 cents on personal property, both the same as the past year.

Judge/Executive Lyle Huff then presented court members with a FLEX fund contract with the Kentucky Department of Transportation, awarding the county $135,606 in road aid money to be used to repair some areas of county roads in each magisterial district.

Each magistrate gave the list of roads in their respective areas that needed the most work with the amount of money available.

Motions to approve a resolution accepting the FLEX funds, as well as to authorize the judge/executive to sign the agreement were made and passed on 5-0 votes.

A complete listing of roads in the county that will receive work through the FLEX fund money was not available at press time Tuesday.

The next regular meeting of Clinton Fiscal Court is scheduled for this coming Thursday, September 19 at 5 p.m. at the courthouse and is open to the general public.