“Without complete restructuring of the occupational tax, I wouldn’t want to say that the problem is solved, because it isn’t,” Girdler told the Commonwealth Journal in an earlier article, “... not unless the whole package comes together.”
Pulaski County Judge-executive Barty Bullock has stated that the biggest changes won’t be seen by the taxpayers, but by government officials themselves.
“We’re going to look at redoing that the give the city a little bit more (money) to do things like operate the EMS service, which is essential services that we have to have for everyone in the county,” said Bullock.
A statement released by the two municipalities earlier this month called the preliminary agreement “a cornerstone for future growth, providing essential services to all citizens today and in the future, and complete(s) the contract arrangement that was made in 1995,” and that it’s the “first comprehensive effort in over 20 years that will make local government more efficient, less confusing, create more jobs, and provide quality services ... that are expected by every person in Pulaski County (and) Somerset.”
In other news from Monday’s Somerset City Council meeting:
• Councilor Mike New requested that the city provide salt for the parking lot next to SomerSplash Waterpark where R-Tech busses are usually parked when not in use.
“They have a hard time with those busses,” New said. “I had a couple drivers tell me they just about wrecked up there the other day because it was so slick.”
Girdler said they would check into providing salt for the parking lot, which is located on city property.
• The council voted unanimously to recognize local cheer squads for their achievements while at the Universal Cheerleading Association National High School Competition in Orlando, Fla. The Southwestern Cheerleaders won first place in their division and brought home a national championship trophy, while Pulaski County High School and Somerset High School had strong showings as well. Pulaski placed 6th in its division and Somerset placed 11th. Southern Middle School placed 4th in its division, and a Somerset Independent Junior High team brought home a 4th place trophy.