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Several different things are on my mind this week …
First, I’ve heard several complaints and accusations toward Campbellsville City Council since it began considering its own occupational tax.
With Fiscal Court’s decision to keep all of the countywide occupational tax money previously shared with the City, however, I don’t see as the Council had a choice in the matter. If someone took away a fifth of my pay, I’d have to come up with more money to pay the bills somehow.
On the other hand, Campbellsville City Council has met several times in the past few weeks, with some hotly debated issues to consider — namely the smoking ban and occupational tax.
I was surprised at the absences by several Council members at those meetings.
At the meeting where final approval was given to the smoking ban, Patti Phillips was absent and Sharon Hoskins chose not to vote.
At the meeting where (we originally thought) final approval was given to the occupational tax, Phillips, Vangie Ford, Terry Keltner and Mike Hall were absent.
And at Saturday morning’s meeting, during which the tax had its final, final reading, Hoskins, Ford and Paul Harmon were absent.
I don’t know if others have wondered about this, but if Harmon and Hoskins had come to Saturday’s meeting and voted the same way they had at the last meeting, the tax would not have passed.
Now I don’t live in the City, so I’m not eligible to vote for Council members, but if I did … I’d take a look at the absences of members when it comes time to make important decisions and vote accordingly.
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Next, with all the recent back and forth between the City and the County over the current budget crisis, there is one bright note.
The Court’s recent decision to help fund Rescue and E-911 countywide services was the right one — the ONLY one.
We don’t want to be reduced to relying on some second-rate, hired service when it comes to life-and-death situations. And the services we have are the best.
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If you’ve kept up with the CKNJ Bookmarks reading group, you’ll know that our book choice this quarter is Stephanie Meyer’s book “Twilight.”
We wanted to see what all the teen hype about the four-book series is about.
Come join us. We hope to have a crowd. The meeting is planned for Sunday, July 19 at 2 p.m. at the Taylor County Extension Office.
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Those of you who have signed up for breaking news e-mail alerts from the News-Journal may have noticed a difference in the look of the alerts lately.
We are working on several different improvements to our Web site and Internet capabilities. Bear with us as we seek to serve you better.
And if you haven’t already signed up, give it a try. When Fruit of the Loom caught fire recently, there was a breaking news alert with photos available before many were awake.
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In honor of the CKNJ’s upcoming 100th anniversary, we will be working on a redesign of the newspaper in the coming months.
We hope to bring you more of the news you want in an easier-to-read format.