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Whitley City, KY

#1 Feb 8, 2013
I went to Arby's today and purchased a $5.00 special. With tax most places it would cost $5.30 but since Williamsburg has the luxury tax it's .03 higher than other towns. Even with the tax being .09 on the dollar can anyone tell me why it should cost $5.46? It sucks living in Williamsburg. We are getting ripped off people!
ben franklin

Williamsburg, KY

#2 Feb 9, 2013
What wrote:
I went to Arby's today and purchased a $5.00 special. With tax most places it would cost $5.30 but since Williamsburg has the luxury tax it's .03 higher than other towns. Even with the tax being .09 on the dollar can anyone tell me why it should cost $5.46? It sucks living in Williamsburg. We are getting ripped off people!
you'll pay what your told, when your told, that extra penny is what's keeping you safe at night, lol. don't be hating cause i dig what your saying. i am so sick of taxes and all the other crap going on, everything seems to be going up but the wages have stayed the same for the most part the last 10 years. there's gotta be a breaking point somewhere, has to be.
What

Whitley City, KY

#3 Feb 9, 2013
ben franklin wrote:
<quoted text>you'll pay what your told, when your told, that extra penny is what's keeping you safe at night, lol. don't be hating cause i dig what your saying. i am so sick of taxes and all the other crap going on, everything seems to be going up but the wages have stayed the same for the most part the last 10 years. there's gotta be a breaking point somewhere, has to be.
Yes, I know it's a penny but its my penny. You are correct in saying there must be a breaking point. I'll avoid eating in Williamsburg every chance I get!
Penny

Whitley City, KY

#4 Feb 10, 2013
What wrote:
I went to Arby's today and purchased a $5.00 special. With tax most places it would cost $5.30 but since Williamsburg has the luxury tax it's .03 higher than other towns. Even with the tax being .09 on the dollar can anyone tell me why it should cost $5.46? It sucks living in Williamsburg. We are getting ripped off people!
That's Williamsburg for you. The officials have their pockets lined. The sad thing is no one cares. They just voted in a 1% tax on businesses also. This will bring in new jobs for sure.
Danny

West Hartford, CT

#5 Feb 10, 2013
Tenn. Pays 9 %
What

Whitley City, KY

#6 Feb 11, 2013
Danny wrote:
Tenn. Pays 9 %
Tennessee's general tax is the highest in the United States besides California. The general tax in Kentucky is 6%. Williamsburg imposed its own tax of 3%. Kentucky supposed to have a limit set in their constitution I thought of 6%. Why would a business come here? Our officials have no sense. What has Williamsburg done for its citizens besides provide scandal and debt. I am forwarding this to local news channels so they can ask the questions.
Jeff Boomhauer

Williamsburg, KY

#7 Feb 11, 2013
The actual tax isn't 9%. It's 9.25. When you buy a $5.00 special, the tax is exactly 46.25 cents. We're lucky they don't round up to the next penny or you would have paid $5.47.

This type of tax is called a "transient tax" because it's charged on restaurant purchases and hotel stays. It's meant to get more revenue from travelers through the area. It's probably true that the majority of the people who eat at McDonalds are from the area, but there are bunches of folks with out of state license plates in the parking lot or in the drive thru lane every time I'm there.

Folks in Tennessee pay 9% on almost everything. Buy a pair of shoes in Kentucky and pay 6%. Buy the same pair in Tennessee and pay 9%.

Nobody is lining their pockets with the extra 3.25% we pay in Williamsburg. If you want to avoid it, go to Wal-Mart, buy some groceries (no tax) and go home and cook them.
What

Whitley City, KY

#8 Feb 11, 2013
Jeff Boomhauer wrote:
The actual tax isn't 9%. It's 9.25. When you buy a $5.00 special, the tax is exactly 46.25 cents. We're lucky they don't round up to the next penny or you would have paid $5.47.

This type of tax is called a "transient tax" because it's charged on restaurant purchases and hotel stays. It's meant to get more revenue from travelers through the area. It's probably true that the majority of the people who eat at McDonalds are from the area, but there are bunches of folks with out of state license plates in the parking lot or in the drive thru lane every time I'm there.

Folks in Tennessee pay 9% on almost everything. Buy a pair of shoes in Kentucky and pay 6%. Buy the same pair in Tennessee and pay 9%.

Nobody is lining their pockets with the extra 3.25% we pay in Williamsburg. If you want to avoid it, go to Wal-Mart, buy some groceries (no tax) and go home and cook them.
Yes, I feel real lucky to pay a tax meant to target people traveling. I suggest people traveling travel past Williamsburg along with any potential business's. What does the additional money go for I wonder. To the jail that's been mismanaged since built, the water park that isn't profitable, sheriffs department equipment, etc. You forgot to mention the new occupation tax on business. They need to change the slogan to "Feels like I'm getting screwed for living in Williamsburg".
Your point is true about Tennessee. Who goes there to shop? Thats why Jellico is such a joke. They shop hear for food because of their tax. The only Time I shop in Tennessee is during the tax holiday. Williamsburg is striving to do the same thing. You made my point! People in Williamsburg go somewhere else to eat and shop. Check the prices on certain items at Walmart in Williamsburg such a mulch. I bet it's cheaper in London. You are also correct in saying I shall pack a lunch from now on to avoid the tax but what does that do for the local economy? When more people do the same less people will have jobs. It sounds like you are already going to Walmart to avoid the tax so... This came to my attention when I recently opened a small business within the city limits. Why should I give the City 1% more of what I make? How have they earned anything? They've mismanage the money they have now so what makes you think they will handle this money any better? I actually thought they called it a luxury tax in Williamsburg.
Bill

London, KY

#9 Feb 11, 2013
Every city in Ky has the transient tax and the occupational tax is a county tax not a city tax.
What

Whitley City, KY

#10 Feb 11, 2013
Bill wrote:
Every city in Ky has the transient tax and the occupational tax is a county tax not a city tax.
That's why I mentioned Sheriffs Dept. not city. So you are saying you are okay with paying the extra tax to offset mismanagement of existing funds? Do you believe it will help people get jobs when a business is having to pay more? A million dollar business that .01 = a part time employee or raises for current employees. Each of those people could also pay the crazy taxes also. Let me ask again what has our officials done with the existing funds that show they are fiscally responsible?
Jeff Boomhauer

Williamsburg, KY

#11 Feb 12, 2013
What... Your question of "...what has [have] our officials done with existing funds that show they are fiscally responsible?" is a good one. I'll have to think on it.

I'll ponder the question the next time I drive by the new courthouse that was sorely needed since the older one was crowded, energy inefficient and getting a bit old.

I'll ponder it the next time I stop by the new city hall building that I, and others, are proud of. That same new building that makes the old city hall building look like a dilapidated tenament apartment building that you would see in an innner city.

When I walk down Main Street and Cumberland Avenue at night, I'll ponder it in the safety that the new street lights provide.

I'll probably not have time to ponder it on Friday nights during the summer while I'm at the street dances. I promise to ponder on it afterwards.

When I drop my kids off at the city school, I'll ponder your question as I stand in the lobby of the new addition which has added classrooms, administrative office space and, most of all, new safety features.

The next time I shop at the new Tractor Supply, I'll wonder why in the world this Fortune 1,000 company (#604 in 2010) would want to locate in such a cesspool of political corruption and mismanagement. It couldn't possible have anything to do with the efforts of Roddy Harrison or Pat White, Jr. That's crazy talk, huh?

What, your question has been asked and answered. I would give more examples of what our local governments have done with our tax dollars but I'm now going to ponder on getting a bag of chips. Educating the ignorant makes a fella hungry.
What

Whitley City, KY

#12 Feb 12, 2013
Jeff Boomhauer wrote:
What... Your question of "...what has [have] our officials done with existing funds that show they are fiscally responsible?" is a good one. I'll have to think on it.

I'll ponder the question the next time I drive by the new courthouse that was sorely needed since the older one was crowded, energy inefficient and getting a bit old.

I'll ponder it the next time I stop by the new city hall building that I, and others, are proud of. That same new building that makes the old city hall building look like a dilapidated tenament apartment building that you would see in an innner city.

When I walk down Main Street and Cumberland Avenue at night, I'll ponder it in the safety that the new street lights provide.

I'll probably not have time to ponder it on Friday nights during the summer while I'm at the street dances. I promise to ponder on it afterwards.

When I drop my kids off at the city school, I'll ponder your question as I stand in the lobby of the new addition which has added classrooms, administrative office space and, most of all, new safety features.

The next time I shop at the new Tractor Supply, I'll wonder why in the world this Fortune 1,000 company (#604 in 2010) would want to locate in such a cesspool of political corruption and mismanagement. It couldn't possible have anything to do with the efforts of Roddy Harrison or Pat White, Jr. That's crazy talk, huh?

What, your question has been asked and answered. I would give more examples of what our local governments have done with our tax dollars but I'm now going to ponder on getting a bag of chips. Educating the ignorant makes a fella hungry.
Are you really trying to say the new judicial center that cost almost $20 million dollars is paid for by the transit tax? Do you even know who makes the decisions on which district gets new judicial facilities? The same center that has the leaky roof? Who walks and dances in the street? There is a lot of people in the street but they are called homeless. If it wasn't for one college student the same dope dealing and massive corruption would still be happening. I think you have a dog in the fight other than taxes.
Jeff Boomhauer

Williamsburg, KY

#13 Feb 13, 2013
Lots of people walk downtown at night and every time I've gone to a Friday night street dance, it has been well attended. If you would turn off "Honey Boo Boo" and get out of the house once in a while, you would see people of all ages at the street dances, from toddlers who can barely walk to senior citizens who can barely walk.

Williamsburg has a lot of homeless people walking the streets? Do you mean those unwashed, poorly dressed, long-haired people who shuffle aimlessly along the sidewalks? We have a different word to describe them... teenagers.

Why were you afraid to use Adam Sulfridge's name? His identity is no secret. He went on 60 Minutes for crying out loud! Were you watching Jersey Shore? I think it was a rerun that night. What Adam did was very brave and commendable. It may have shed light on political corruption but it hasn't made a dent in the dope trade.
What

Whitley City, KY

#14 Feb 13, 2013
Jeff Boomhauer wrote:
Lots of people walk downtown at night and every time I've gone to a Friday night street dance, it has been well attended. If you would turn off "Honey Boo Boo" and get out of the house once in a while, you would see people of all ages at the street dances, from toddlers who can barely walk to senior citizens who can barely walk.

Williamsburg has a lot of homeless people walking the streets? Do you mean those unwashed, poorly dressed, long-haired people who shuffle aimlessly along the sidewalks? We have a different word to describe them... teenagers.

Why were you afraid to use Adam Sulfridge's name? His identity is no secret. He went on 60 Minutes for crying out loud! Were you watching Jersey Shore? I think it was a rerun that night. What Adam did was very brave and commendable. It may have shed light on political corruption but it hasn't made a dent in the dope trade.
I've never watched any of the shows you are referring. I have no idea what that reference has to do with anything anyway besides your futile attempt at some type of insult. What Adam did was obviously for Adam but commendable all the same.

So you are telling me the taxes are paying for dancing? I would have no problem dancing if taxes stopped going up.
Jeff Boomhauer

Williamsburg, KY

#15 Feb 14, 2013
The street dances are an attempt at improving the quality of life in Williamsburg. So often, people say, "There's nothing to do in this town." The dances are something to do. Even if folks don't dance, they come to hear live music and fellowship with other people.

The city and county governments also spend money to sponsor youth athletics at the local schools and little league programs. I know that the city baseball league has had Williamsburg Police Department as a sponsor for a bunch of years. My nephew played on a WPD team 5 or six years ago.

There is a lot of good that our tax dollars do in Williamsburg and Whitley County. If you jump off the "all politicians are corrupt" bandwagon and drive around town with your eyes open, you'll see lots of good.

P.S. You know you watch Honey Boo-Boo while eating a big bowl of sketty and butter.
Jeff is right

Winchester, KY

#16 Feb 14, 2013
Too many people in this town are experts in turning a positive into a negative. Like you said Jeff, everyone complains that there is nothing to do in this town. If there is nothing to do then why not help provide for your community (pay your taxes) so that it might one day suit your needs and end your boredom. Williamsburg is growing people and to grow we need money, plain and simple. If you don't want to pay the taxes and can't stand Williamsburg then go somewhere else.
Jeff Boomhauer

Williamsburg, KY

#17 Feb 15, 2013
Jeff is right... thanks for the support! I know there are a lot more of us out there who understand the issue, but it's nice to see somebody like you who will put it in words. Much appreciation!
Great

Whitley City, KY

#18 Feb 15, 2013
Jeff Boomhauer wrote:
The street dances are an attempt at improving the quality of life in Williamsburg. So often, people say, "There's nothing to do in this town." The dances are something to do. Even if folks don't dance, they come to hear live music and fellowship with other people.

The city and county governments also spend money to sponsor youth athletics at the local schools and little league programs. I know that the city baseball league has had Williamsburg Police Department as a sponsor for a bunch of years. My nephew played on a WPD team 5 or six years ago.

There is a lot of good that our tax dollars do in Williamsburg and Whitley County. If you jump off the "all politicians are corrupt" bandwagon and drive around town with your eyes open, you'll see lots of good.

P.S. You know you watch Honey Boo-Boo while eating a big bowl of sketty and butter.
The corruption is why we continue to need more and more tax burden. Maybe all of the alcohol tax will help from the one restaurant. You add all the politicians up in Williamsburg you still don't have anyone that can make an intelligent decision.
What

Whitley City, KY

#19 Feb 15, 2013
Jeff Boomhauer wrote:
Jeff is right... thanks for the support! I know there are a lot more of us out there who understand the issue, but it's nice to see somebody like you who will put it in words. Much appreciation!
That freaking tax has been in place for years! When jobs are created that pay over minimum wage the tax base grows. I don't remember saying I'm bored. The reason people have to dance in the street is there is no other place to do it.
Try it before knocking it

Manchester, KY

#20 Feb 16, 2013
Although this conversation has gotten way off topic, I must say that the street dancess are lots of fun. The idea behind it, was partly to bring people of all generations together to have good clean fun. It's nice to see people from toddlers to our senior citizens getting together and enjoying the musicians, dancing, and most of all-each other. And, it's done without any drinking or other such partying. See, you can have fun without alcohol or drugs. And, when people of all generations can socialize and have fun together, think what a positive thing that is, and what a good example for us all. We have so much to learn from each other, but we sure can't do it without interacting with each other. The street dances are a great way to do that, in my opinion. I don't get to go to all of them, but certainly enjoy it when I do go. And no, they wouldn't be as much fun indoors...there's something about dancing under the stars (and the streetlights/lol!) in the fresh summer air that just adds to the pleasant environment for the dances. If you haven't been, try it and see for yourself!

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