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  • School tax rate to rise on next bill

    SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Bullitt County taxpayers will be contributing a few extra dollars to the coffers of the public school system when bills are sent out this fall.

    The Bullitt County Public School Board unanimously approved the increase allowed to generate 4 percent more revenue than the previous year.

    The real property tax, which includes a “double nickel” for construction projects only, will go from 52.3 cents per $100 of assessed property to 52.9 cents.

    In other words, a $100,000 home would see a $6 annual increase from $523 to $529.

  • Time running out for water subsidy

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Since merging with the Kentucky Turnpike Water District in September 2000, Louisville Water Co. has had an aggressive goal.

    The goal was to provide service to all areas of Bullitt County, excluding those being served by the cities of Mount Washington and Lebanon Junction.

    With two years left on the plan, the list of unserved roads is quickly vanishing.

    But to serve those roads, there must be a desire of residents to hook up to service and the financial subsidies offered to lower the cost will also go away in two years.

  • THE PIONEER NEWS WARNS OF AD SCAMS

    The Pioneer News warns that an unidentified business not affiliated with the newspaper is contacting businesses that advertised in last year's Bullitt County Directory.

    The newspaper's advertising department learned Tuesday morning that the scam was contacting other businesses that advertised in a previous directory. The scam includes requesting ad renewals for the upcoming directory, asking businesses to pay immediately via credit card.

  • County banks on change for fiscal accounts

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - It probably won’t come to the surprise of many that Bullitt County government will change its financial institution.

    Bullitt Fiscal Court voted unanimously on Tuesday to change its banking services from First Federal Savings Bank to PBI Bank.

    This comes as a lawsuit has been filed by fiscal court against First Federal in the cyber-theft of over $400,000 in June. The county was able to recover over $100,000 in funds that had not been accessed by the various fraudulent accounts and another $160,000 from its insurance carrier.

  • Hebron Estates expects traffic woes will speed up as school year begins

    HEBRON ESTATES - Things have been slow over the summer for the two sheriff’s deputies contracted to patrol the streets of Hebron Estates.

    But, with the Aug. 11 opening of the school year, Det. Mike Cook and deputy Leroy Lerding expect the pace to pick up.

    Lerding said he would meet with North Bullitt High officials to have them notify students that there will be a zero tolerance to speeding in the city.

    East Hebron Lane and Burkland Boulevard are traditionally the prime trouble areas for speeders.

  • Ethington to make bid for jailer's office

    MOUNT WASHINGTON - With local jails across the state searching for ways to pay the bills while incarcerating a growing number of inmates, Larry Ethington believes he might be the person needed to help Bullitt County’s situation.

    Ethington, a 31-year law enforcement veteran, has thrown his name into the ring to be the next Bullitt County jailer.

    “I have some new ideas that will help the county,” said Ethington, who has been with the Bullitt County sheriff’s department the past eight years.

  • Fiscal Court to look at tax rate options

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Magistrates will have three options to look at when they assembly Tuesday morning to set tax rates for the upcoming billing cycle.

    The budget committee met Monday and looked at the options available to meet the legal requirements.

    Chairman Joe Laswell said the committee would make no recommendation to the full body of fiscal court. The purpose of delaying a vote at the previous fiscal court meeting was to get all the options on the table to consider.

  • MW man receives 5-year sentence for threat on judge

    MOUNT WASHINGTON - A man who was found guilty by a Bullitt Circuit jury of making threats against a district judge received a five-year sentence Monday.

    Special Circuit Judge Stephen Ryan went along with the jury’s recommendation of a five-year sentence against Terry G. Hayes, 50.

    He was found guilty of retaliation against a participant in a legal proceeding and being a persistent felony offender.

    The one-year sentence on the retaliation charge was enhanced to five years.

  • Lebanon Jct. paddling upstream to bring in greater water revenue

    LEBANON JUNCTION ee" A water rate increase seems to be inevitable for Lebanon Junction residents.

    Just how much that increase might be is still a mystery, but city attorney Mark Edison informed council members in August that if rates weren’t increased quickly the city could risk losing its bonds which funded construction of the city’s existing sewer system.

    Edison told the council that the past several years the city failed to comply with its bond issue by failing prove it could fund repayment.

  • Swine Flu strikes Bullitt County

    MOUNT WASHINGTON - There’s hardly anywhere you can go without hearing about it. The H1N1 influenza ee" commonly referenced as the Swine Flu ee" has arrived in Bullitt County according to school officials and the county health department.

    But that’s no surprise to doctors and health educators in the area. The Center for Disease Control has predicted since the spring that more cases, hospitalizations and deaths associated with the H1N1 virus would be reported in the United States throughout the summer, fall and winter months.