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16 -August 29, 2013 ' Your Hometown Newspaper /: News Outlook LOCAL NEWS Tax Increase cont. from paoe 1 Photos by Cecil Lawson Left - School administrators and construction consultants were on hand Tuesday afternoon for the bid opening on Phase II of the Owingsvllle Elementary School renovation project. Shown above are, from left, Facilities Director Burnsy Stewart, Supt. Harvey Tackett, construction manager Kenny Davis of Codell Constrution, Murphy Graves Architect consultant Maria Gillette, and CMTA Engineering consultant Aaron Shultz. Right - Dozens of contractors were on hand for the bid budget, according to construction manager Kenny Davis, Board Annex by construc- tion manager Kenny Davis of Codell Construction, Mafia Gillette of Murphy school to a new on and off Graves Architects, and loading site by the side of Aaron Shultz of CMTA the school, in order to Bile- Engineering. Supt. Har- viate local traffic problems! vey Tackett and Facilities Phase II bids were Director Burnsy Stewart opened Tuesday after- were also present. noon at the Bath County Numerous contractors opening. Low bids wound up being 15 to20 % above were on hand to hear the lows bids on 18 separate bid packages as well as combinations of packages. Following the bid open- ing, Davis said that the bids had come in 15 to 20% above the existing budget, and that he was going to contact the Kentucky De- partment of Education about available options. As noted above, board members are scheduled to have a special called meet- ing Thursday evening to address Phase II of the ren- ovation project. No time for the meeting had been set at the time the News Outlook wdnt to press. Artist cont. from i)ae I household fixtures made of discarded and old items, and his popular license plate signs are all featured on the new website. He has spent several years traveling around the country, attending festi- val and selling his wares, which included t-shirts and homemade drums and mu- sical instruments. Dicker- son said that he sets up a booth at Mt. Sterling Court Days each year. In addition to man-made products, Dickerson has also sold wild mushrooms and herbs that he has gath- ered in the area's forests and hills. . ......... MuSic has been a passion Photos courtesy of Landon An example of Dickerson's discarded license plates. of Dickerson's throughout his life, and he has been instrumental in organizing and participating in recent years in local open micro- phone nights at the Rowan County Arts Center, Expo for the Arts, fuMralsei:S Dickerson and Think Studios latest project, created out of for Tater Knob Tower, and most recently at the HeArt of Summer Music Festival in Olive Hill. Dickerson is fireless pro- moter of local events and sd that he is 9urrenfl Retlisl rioting toni. from i)age I into hw in 2012 was declared unconstitutional by Ken- tucky's Supreme Court due to violations of population ra- tios, unnecessary divisions of county lines, and plans to make new district boundary lines active before the 2014 elections. A 2013 case filed in federal court led to the oversight by a three judge panel of the General Assembly's efforts at new creating new district boundaries. Kentucky experienced significant population shifts from 2000 to 2010, including a major movement of people out of the Eastern mountain regions and the Western riv- er regions and the growth of urban areas in Central Ken- tucky. In the region covered by the Kentucky News Group, comprised of Bath, Nicholas, Fleming, Menifee, and Rob- ertson Counties, there will be some changes in legisla- five districts: - Fleming County, repre- sented in the 70th House District by Mike Denham and in the 27th Senate Dis- trict by Walter"Doc" Blevins, will remain there; - Nicholas County, repre- sented in the 72nd House District by Sannie Overly will remain in Overly's district but will join the 27th Senate District, represented by Wal- ter "Dec" Blevins. Senator R. J. Palmer II, 28th District, currently represents Nicho- las County; - Bath County, represent- ed in the 72nd House Dis- trict by Sannie Overly will remain in her district but will join the 21st Senate District, represented by Albert Rob- inson. Senator R. J. Palmer I[, 28th District, currently represents Bath County; - Robertson County, cur- rently represented in the 78th House District by Tom McKee, will join the 70th House District, represented by Mike Denham, and cur- rently represented in the 18th Senate District by Rob- in Webb, will join the 27th Senate District, represented by Walter "Dec" Blevins. Menifee County, cur- rently represented in the 71st House District by John Will Stacy, will join the 74th House District, represented by Richard Henderson; and will remain in the the 21st Senate District, represented by Albert Robinson. The new local districts are comprised as follows: House Districts 70 - Mike Denham, D- Maysville - Fleming, Mason, Robertson, and Bracken 72- Sannie Overly, D- Par- is - Bath, Bourbon, Nicho- las, and northern Fayette 74- Richard Henderson, D-Mt. Sterling- Menifee, Montgomery, and Powell Senate Districts 27 -Walter Blevins, D- Morehead - Bourbon, Nich- olas, Fleming, Rowan, Lewis, Mason, Robertson, and Har- rison 21 - Albert Robinson, R- London- Bath, Menifee, Powell, Estill, Jackson, and Laurel sic festival, Salt Lick Live Music Night, to be held in October at the Salt Lick city park. The festival will include local talent as well as vendors from around the region. Everyone is invited to attend, and more information about times and dates will be available as details are worked out. If you would like more in- formation about Appalachia Underground or the up- coming music festival, visit appalchiaudnerground. corn, or contact Landon on Facebook or through email at landondickerson@live, com. Landon is still booking local crafts vendors and lo- cal music acts for Salt Lick Live, so please contact him if you are interested. prior board approval of their fundraising activi- ties. During the regular meeting later in the eve- ning, Crouch made the motion to have a first reading of the revision of school policy concern- ing fund-raising activities as well as school activ- ity funds to include prior board approval of all fund- raising requests, increase the number of in-county fundraising for each orga- nization from two to three per year, place no limits on our-of-county fundrais- era, and make sure that all booster organizations have a federal ID num- ber and insurance. Board members unanimously approved the first read- ing. Board members also ap- proved an increase in the motor vehicle tax, from 46.2 cents per $100 dol- lars of value, to 46.5 cents. They also approved a 4% increase in the local prop- erty tax rates, as well as the additional "nickel" tax, an extra 5 cents per every $100 of value. These increases would raise the overall property tax and personal property tax rates from 36.2 cents to 44.0 cents and would generate an additional $250,956. $198,840 is slated to go toward the building fund (generated by the nickel tax), while the remaining $49,217 would go toward instruction. State law requires that a public meeting be held to hear concerns over the 4% tax increase, and this meeting has been sched- uled for Saturday, Sep- tember 14, 2013, at 9 a.m. at the Board Annex. The nickel tax requires additional state approval before it can be put into effect, During last Monday's special called meeting, Fi- nance Officer Jo Brewer said that the tax increase woul.:tatnount to an esti- mate additional $33 per yearn,$50,000 of prop- erty value. Supt. Harvey Tackett told board members that he ;yimproving com- munions between his offithe school board, the shool district, and the public by undertaking several initiatives, includ- ing iggyiding monthly in- forn to board mem- bers, ' partnership with local radio station WCKA to have a monthly broad- cast of schoohrelated in- formation, as well as hav- ingcipals at each of thnty s four schools provide' a monthly report at board meetings regard- ing instructional assess- ment and student achieve- ment. In other actions, board members - approved a 15 year lease  of the county pool property by the Bath County Fiscal Court, with the provisions that either party can terminate the lease if the pool falls into disuse or disrepair, the Fiscal Court contribute money toward the pool's upkeep, and allow the school free use of the pool for cfivities; - approved the creation of an additional para- professional teaching position at Crossroads Elementary School, an additional mechanic assis- tant II position at the bus garage, and an additional food service clerk finance assistants position; - held a 30 minute ex- ecutive session to discus- sion personnel matters, and no action was taken U]5iYf/ returning to open session. ONE C T SALE' EVERY NEW 2013 FORD CAR, TRUCK, SUV IS PRICED ONE CENT OVER FACTORY INVOICE! 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