Commonwealth Journal

Local News

February 12, 2013

Bill on taxing districts hits home

Somerset —  

Library boards have been a hot topic in Pulaski County in recent months. Now they’re becoming a talking point for Frankfort too.
Senate Bill 20, which was introduced to the Kentucky State Senate by Sen. John Shickel of Boone County last month, stands to have a significant effect on the way library boards are built if it’s passed.
This bill would allow a county judge-executive — with the approval of a fiscal court — to appoint members to such a board when any prospective appointees presented to the judge, “in the judge’s opinion, are not suitable,” as the bill reads.
Previously, the judge-executive had been given the opportunity to approve the names brought to him, such as Pulaski County Public Library Director has done with Pulaski Judge-Executive Barty Bullock here locally. If Bullock wouldn’t approve them, the director would then go back and bring him new names. The county government itself, however, did not select people to hold seats on the board.
How much influence the county government should have over the library board became an issue locally last fall, when a petition drive began to dissolve the Pulaski county Public Library taxing district. Barbara Sanders, who spearheaded the petition, sought to give the fiscal court more oversight of the library board, which she felt was increasing taxes without proper accountability. Sanders eventually said she would stop accumulating signatures if the current board members would step aside and allow new ones to be appointed.
“The library supporters think the library board is selected by elected county officials. It is not,” Sanders said at the time. “(Bullock) has no input. They bring him two names that they have selected themselves and say ‘here, you must appoint them.’ As a formality, they run it by the state librarian first. ... This is not participation; it is autocratic.”

Text Only
Local News
News Live
AP Video
Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Palestinians and Israeli Soldiers Clash Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive
Facebook
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks