Caneyville looks to raise occupational tax

By Matt Lasley -

To offset lost revenue, the City of Caneyville is looking to double its current occupational tax rate in the coming months.

The Caneyville City Commission, during its regular Monday, May 9 meeting, heard the first reading of an ordinance to raise its occupational tax rate from $2.00 per week to $4.00 per week for full-time employees and from $1.00 per week to $2.00 per week for part-time employees.

The move to increase Caneyville’s occupational tax rate comes as a result of lost property tax revenue, as well as changes in state legislation, such as cities’ no longer being able to charge a fee for the loading and unloading of merchandise within the city.

At the current occupational tax rate, Caneyville is projected to take in $26,000 from occupational tax revenue this fiscal year, according to City Commissioner Scott Majors, who said he felt the tax rate increase is the city’s best option to combat falling revenue.

“We went in the hole last year,” said Majors, adding that, even with the increase, Caneyville’s occupational tax rate remains lower than Leitchfield’s and Clarkson’s.

The City Commission will hold a second reading of the ordinance to increase Caneyville’s occupational tax next month, after which time the City Commission will vote on whether to approve it.

The City of Caneyville has not altered its occupational tax since 1989.

In other business:

*The City Commission voted to add the Caneyville Volunteer Fire Department’s fire dues to the city’s property tax bills, joining all of the other Grayson County fire departments in doing so.

*The City Commission voted to accept a bid from Scotty’s Contracting & Stone for asphalt for a new city basketball court.

According to City Commissioner Mike Geary, the original bid was for $3,433 with protective matting; however, upon determining that the matting is not necessary, Scotty’s stated they could likely do the work for $2,000 or less.

*The City Commission voted to reject all of the bids for the Caneyville Purple Flash Community Center roof project and re-bid the project with different specifications.

*The City Commission voted to accept a bid from Pittsburgh Tank for the robotic inspection of three of Caneyville Water and Sewer’s tanks. The cost of this service will be $1,800.

The city is expected to have its tanks inspected every five years, according to Caneyville Water and Sewer Supervisor Avery Flener.

*The City Commission voted to accept bids for chemicals for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 from Brenntag and materials for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 from Fortiline.

*It was determined that Debbie Embry and Majors will be the City Commission’s representatives for the Grayson County Work Ready Committee. The remaining City Commissioners will be alternates, provided Embry and/or Majors cannot attend a meeting.

*Friends of Caneyville High School member Marilyn Templeman updated the City Commission on the progress of Caneyville Day, which will be held on Saturday, June 25. For information on what to expect from the first Caneyville Day, read the Saturday, May 14 edition of the Grayson County News-Gazette.

By Matt Lasley

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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