• Hillview tax rate rises as way to add revenue to pay debts

     HILLVIEW - In an effort to prove that it is trying to generate funds in order to pay off a $15 million lawsuit, Hillview city officials agreed to take the 4 percent increase allowed by law.

    But the vote was not unanimous.

    Councilmembers Kim Whitlock, David Conn, Lisa Boggs and Randall Hill voted to increase the real property tax rate. Councilmembers Karen Johnson and JoAnn Wick were opposed.

    Under the approved proposal, the real property rate will be 12.14 cents per $100 of assessed property.

  • Hester says no to methadone clinic

     PIONEER VILLAGE -- Kenny Hester walked into a community center full of people who were not pleased about what they had been hearing.

    Thoughts of a methadone clinic in their back yard was not something they wanted to see.

    But, the long-time businessman was able to quickly ease most of their concerns.

    Kentuckiana Comprehensive Treatment Center was listed in planning commission records as the business which would locate in a 10,000-square-foot building.

  • Could you pay more for meals in Mount Wash. in the future?

     MOUNT WASHINGTON -- Could customers eating in Mount Washington restaurants soon be paying a little more for their meals?

    Mayor Barry Armstrong ended the last Mount Washington City Council meeting with something for the members to talk about: bringing a restaurant and hotel tax to the city.

    “We are expecting a growth in restaurants and there have been questions about hotels coming here,” Armstrong said.

  • District allowed to set own sewer rates

      HILLVIEW - As the Bullitt County Sanitation District moves closer to being named the receiver of a new situation, it has its own financial problems to worry about.

    But, thanks to Bullitt Fiscal Court changing a prior decision, there is hope that the sanitation district will be in better condition in the future.

    By a vote of 3-2, fiscal court will allow the sanitation district to set its own rates for users.

    The sanitation district is run without government funds but was set up by Bullitt Fiscal Court.

  • Commission looks for cities to take part in upkeep of tourism signage

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Over the years, the Shepherdsville-Bullitt County Tourist and Convention Commission has invested a lot of money in promoting activities in the area.

    One such form of marketing are four LED signs placed in Shepherdsville, Hillview, Lebanon Junction and Mount Washington.

    As with anything, things tend to happen. Machinery will break down. Companies will go out of business.

    Faced with needing to spend up to $40,000 to replace the LED signs at Hillview and Lebanon Junction, commissioners are facing a tough decision.

  • Pioneer Village tax rate will inch up slightly this year

    PIONEER VILLAGE - When does it become necessary for a city to raise taxes?

    No one ever wants to, but members of the Pioneer Village City Council are responsible for setting the annual rates.

    Real property tax rates were increased this year, albeit slightly.

    City attorney Mark Edison said last year’s real property tax rate was set at 12.65 cents per $100 of property.

  • Resident ready to fly with new use of property acquired by Pioneer Village

    PIONEER VILLAGE - It remains unknown whether or not a Pioneer Village resident’s idea will fly with the city council.

    And with a recent drone shooting over a neighboring city, it’s uncertain as to whether or not the council will shoot down the proposal.

    In recent months Pioneer Village officials purchased acreage located adjacent to Becknell Hall, where the city offices and police headquarters are located.

  • Ethics Board drops charges against Hatfield, Brown

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- In less than an hour, a three-member tribunal unanimously voted to dismiss allegations of ethical misconduct by two Shepherdsville city councilmembers.

  • BEECH GROVE RELIEF: State will complete bypass road in next year

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- A bypass road that has been a decade in the making looks to be finally nearing the construction stage.

    The Old Ford Road bypass off Beech Grove Road should be under construction next spring.

    According the Andrea Clifford, spokesperson for District Five of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, said that the state took over the responsibility of the project when the right-of-way acquisition phase was started.

  • Turf battle wages over use of land in city park

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Is there enough property at the Frank E. Simon Park to accommodate two sports organizations involved with the youth of the community?

    That might be a question that must be answered in the near future.

    But, for now, the Bullitt County YMCA and the Shepherdsville Titans football and cheerleading program will do just that -- co-exist.

    In the past, the Shepherdsville football organization has practiced in the city park off Highway 44 West.