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Glasgow, KY

#1 Sep 5, 2012 September 4, 2012
After some confusion, magistrates vote to lower tax rate
Also decide to continue open records appeal

By SUSAN TEBBEN Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — A resolution that passed without incident at the Barren County Fiscal Court’s regular meeting Tuesday evening then caused some confusion as most magistrates wanted to rescind their approving vote.

The resolution was for an increase in property taxes to be levied for the Barren County Extension District for 2012. A tax of 1.7 cents per $100 assessed valuation of real property was up for a vote, along with a tax of 1.76 cents per $100 on personal property other than motor vehicles and watercraft and a tax of 1.8 cents per $100 on motor vehicles and watercraft personal property. The personal property tax rates were not an increase, in fact the 1.76-cent tax on non-vehicle property was a decrease from 1.79 cents per $100 last year, according to Judge Executive Davie Greer.

While the only no vote on the initial vote for the resolution came from Magistrate Carl Dickerson, Magistrate Chris Steward brought the issue back up a few minutes later.

Dickerson had previously changed his vote on an ordinance that related to overall 2012 tax rates for Barren County, from “yes” to “no” after the vote had been cast.

“I wasn’t here last meeting for the first vote on the ordinance and resolution, but I haven’t voted for a tax increase since I became a magistrate,” Dickerson said after the meeting.

After the resolution came up and it was explained that the Extension District tax was a tenth of a cent increase, Steward said he wanted to change his vote.

For the full story, read Wednesday's print or e-Edition of the Glasgow Daily Times..

Educating U

Edmonton, KY

#2 Sep 5, 2012
I think they should allow Chris Steward to change his vote......but then again, I know a lot of people in his district would like to change theirs too!
Tax Payer

Glasgow, KY

#3 Oct 2, 2012
County Meeting 10-2-2012 Jailer Mutter still won't answer Magistrate questions

Glasgow, KY

#4 Oct 3, 2012
It appears that the Jailer did indeed ansewr the Magistrates question. And appropriately at that. Asking the Jailer if he would be willing to state that there was no reason for FBI investigations at the jail is not a fiscal court matter. Fiscal Court is just that, relating to fiscal matters. The Magistrate is entitled to his opinions. But they are just that, his opinions. I am sure that if the FBI is interested in what Jailer Mutter has to say about the necessity of investigational activity at the jail, they will ask him. But most likely if the Jailer's statement regarding whether such activity is necessary or not is all it would take to satisfy the FBI, then wouldn't that negate the necessity of any FBI investigation? I can see it now...FBI: Jailer, do you think we need to investigate anything at the jail? JAILER: Nah, don't think so. FBI: Thanks, Jailer, Whew, that is one investigation we won't have to do now, since we have your opinion.
Come on. Let it rest. If the FBI is at the jail, so be it. Whether or not anyone else, be it Magistrate, Jailer or Coroner, thinks about, or is willing to state that, the necessity of such an investigation is entirely immaterial. To keep harping on such a thing is childish and is not furthering any political aspirations.
Understand, Magistrate?
Tax Payer

Glasgow, KY

#5 Nov 24, 2012 The Court "rehired" a part-time employee who had "quit" his job so he could begin to draw his retirement from the school system. To draw retirement, an employee cannot hold another job so folks quit for 60 days and re-apply at the end.

Glasgow, KY

#6 Nov 25, 2012
Does the Daily Times have a lawsuit against against the fiscal court. I heard they were being sued for not releasing the findings of the independent investigation they had done on the jail.

Glasgow, KY

#7 Nov 26, 2012
Who doesn't have a lawsuit against the Fiscal Court?
Tax Payer

Glasgow, KY

#8 Dec 19, 2012 1MFM8tZJ6Hc Barren County Meeting on 12-18-2012 . On Nov 27 2012 had a surprised inspection of the Barren County Detention Correctional Center performed by DOC Jail Consultant Tracey Reed. During this inspection there were no complaints by the 178 plus inmates. Oh, I forgot to mention that Jailer Mutter, Ass. Jailer Bellamy and Deputy Bean were present during the inspection. Doesn't this sound familiar when Deputies were pressured to sign petition ?
Tax Payer

Glasgow, KY

#9 Dec 19, 2012

Glasgow, KY

#10 Dec 20, 2012
Chris steward is on top of it,maybe he will get the truth out,we need to back him because he has the good of barren county at heart,go chris.
Tax Payer

Glasgow, KY

#11 Feb 19, 2013 County Meeting 2-19-2013 - Terms were agreed- during closed session. Violation of KRS
Tax Payer

Glasgow, KY

#12 Feb 20, 2013
Tax Payer wrote: County Meeting 2-19-2013 - Terms were agreed- during closed session. Violation of KRS
If you look at subsection (C),it clearly states "No final action may be taken at a closed session" KRS § 61.815
61.815 Requirements for conducting closed sessions

(1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, the following requirements shall be met as a condition for conducting closed sessions authorized by KRS 61.810:
(a) Notice shall be given in regular open meeting of the general nature of the business to be discussed in closed session, the reason for the closed session, and the specific provision of KRS 61.810 authorizing the closed session;
(b) Closed sessions may be held only after a motion is made and carried by a majority vote in open, public session;
(c) No final action may be taken at a closed session; and
(d) No matters may be discussed at a closed session other than those publicly announced prior to convening the closed session.
(2) Public agencies and activities of public agencies identified in paragraphs (a),(c),(d),(e),(f), but only so far as (f) relates to students,(g),(h),(i),(j),(k),( l), and (m) of subsection (1) of KRS 61.810 shall be excluded from the requirements of subsection (1) of this section.
Did I hear it right

Glasgow, KY

#13 Feb 20, 2013
Terms may have been agreed to in closed session, but it appears final action was confirmation during open court. Or did I misunderstand? Please explain. I thought that the closed session part was for the court to learn, understand and come to an agreement on whatever matter was being discussed. Action on that matter would be handled during open court. Is that wrong?
Tax Payer wrote: County Meeting 2-19-2013 - Terms were agreed- during closed session. Violation of KRS
Cha Cha

Glasgow, KY

#14 Feb 20, 2013
shortestroke wrote:
Chris steward is on top of it,maybe he will get the truth out,we need to back him because he has the good of barren county at heart,go chris.
Who is not a crook or quack in Glasgow? Can I have a tax break for my tags and insurance for me please. I want a raise.

Glasgow, KY

#15 Feb 23, 2013
They just need to be more open
good buddy

Glasgow, KY

#16 Feb 23, 2013
They need to get rid of Mag. Steward and Dickerson , they have cost the taxpayers already $6,000.00 and that doesn't include what the Lexington lawyer will charge, we sure didn't get our money's worth with the Ober report, that was the biggest joke of all. I'm beginning to think they all need to be replaced. Daffy and Minnie could do a better job, just saying.

Glasgow, KY

#17 Feb 23, 2013
Why does County Attorney Sharp always just sit there looking like he'd rather be any place than there. We pay good tax dollars to pay him don't we? Or is that just his general look all the time, or his affect or personality?
Tax Payer

Glasgow, KY

#18 Feb 23, 2013
February 22, 2013
Some knew of FBI investigation before Ober hire



More than one magistrate knew the Federal Bureau of Investigation was probably looking into the Barren County Detention Center before the fiscal court voted to hire private investigator Michael J. Ober, but they decided $3,500 on Ober would still be well spent.

Magistrate Gary Gillon was one of the fiscal court members who knew as early as the summer of 2011 that there were complaints of misconduct at the jail.

“I heard a little something about it about six months before it came to light,” Gillon said.

When Gillon heard the rumors, he said he went to Barren County Judge-Executive Davie Greer’s office to ask her about them.

“I asked her,‘Have you heard about anything going on at the jail?’” Gillon said.“She was writing, and she put her pen down and she didn’t answer me. She answered by asking me a question. She asked,‘Have you?’ I said yeah, and she said,‘Well keep it to yourself.’”

Greer didn’t want to acknowledge to him that she’d heard anything, Gillon said, and he didn’t think he should pursue it since the rumors he heard sounded like personnel matters,“no criminal intent or neglect of the prisoners.” Former jail employee Larry Eaton called Gillon to report some problems after he was fired, but Gillon said that again, they didn’t seem like criminal issues.

Gillon thought the state police were investigating at the time, he said, but he realized later it had been the FBI. Even though he had heard there was already a law enforcement investigation, Gillon said he still wanted to hire Ober because he thought a private investigator would be able to talk to every jail employee, and if they did not report any problems, that would insure the county against employee lawsuits in the future.

“I just thought $3,000-$3,500 would be good insurance for that many people,” Gillon said.

Like Gillon, magistrate John Benningfield said he was not looking for Ober to investigate criminal wrongdoing. Benningfield had heard sexual misconduct allegations related to the jail, and remembering sexual harassment scandal and lawsuits involving former jailer Leland Cox, Benningfield said he thought hiring Ober to specifically investigate sexual misconduct could prevent a repeat of the prior situation. Jailer Matt Mutter said in a meeting that he didn’t have a problem with hiring a private investigator, Benningfield said, so he thought voting in favor of Ober made sense.

“Hindsight is 20/20,” Benningfield said.“I don’t think hiring Ober was the right move.”

Benningfield had already heard about the FBI’s investigation before the fiscal court discussed hiring Ober. He and at least two other magistrates had heard the FBI was investigating, he said, but it wasn’t a definite fact. Benningfield said he thought Ober could look into sexual misconduct, while he knew the FBI was more concerned with civil rights violations.

“The reason why I wanted (Ober) had nothing to do with what the FBI was doing,” Benningfield said.

For the full story, see the print or e-edition of Saturday's Glasgow Daily Times.
good buddy

Glasgow, KY

#19 Feb 23, 2013
This has been the biggest blunder on the fiscal court I have seen in some time, its one thing to study a problem but just give money to a private eye and then not want the results, I'm ashamed to say our county governament is run in such a fashion. The members of the fiscal court could have went to the employees of the jail and asked the same questions and saved us $6,000.00 Hell, I would have asked them for free and could have given a written report cheaper than what it cost the taxpayers of Barren County.
Tax Payer

Glasgow, KY

#20 Apr 16, 2013
County Meeting on April 16 2013 This is part 1 of 2

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