Fiscal Court agrees to pay up on taxes due on acquired land

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt County officials will settle up on a pair of tax bills due on properties they have purchased over the years.

Between the property purchased on Saltwell Drive and the old Gobel’s on Highway 44 East, county attorney Walter A. Sholar said the state has back taxes due of over $8,500.

During the purchase negotiations, Sholar said it appeared the county agreed to pay the pro-rated taxes for the rest of the calendar year.

Sholar said the state would not come after the county for the back taxes; however, it could go back to the prior owners, who would then come after the county.

Magistrate Eddie Bleemel felt more time was needed to study the situation.

However, Sholar said there isn’t anything else he could provide. He was not part of either negotiations but the county said it would do something that it hasn’t done.

The Saltwell property also included some other back taxes.

Bullitt Fiscal Court voted 3-0 with magistrates Joe Laswell and Bleemel abstaining to pay the Saltwell taxes. They voted 4-0 with Bleemel abstaining to pay the Newsome taxes.

In other business:

*The court will consider an increase to its code enforcement fees at the Nov. 18 meeting.

It would be the first time the fees increased since the department was formed.

The county also approved a contract to have a Level III inspector available, when needed.

The county is submitting paperwork to restore its ability to inspect all size facilities.

*Justin Howlett of Garland Industries was given permission to inspect the courthouse annex roof for any possible problems.

Howlett said the company provides free inspections and would then make a report to the county. The county could work with the firm to find contractors to make any needed repairs but there would be no obligation.

The court members agreed to let him look at the annex building.

*The county approved the requirement for permitting of any overweight loads on county roads.

The court allowed the county judge’s office to sign the permits with proper documentation.

The judge’s office has the right to bring any request back to the court.

*The court approved the interlocal agreement with cities on the stormwater program.

The version adopted will expire in 2013. The version preferred by city attorney Mark Edison would end in 2010 at the end of the current administration.

The interlocal agreement is part of the permitting process at the state level for the federally-mandated program to control surface water runoff.

The next meeting of Bullitt Fiscal Court will be on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 9:30 a.m. in the courthouse. The public is invited.