whataburger

Richmond, KY

#82 Mar 5, 2013
Perry Mason wrote:
<quoted text>As I stated earlier, one could band together with a slate of candidates for the city commission and elect them on the platform of repealing the 3% tax. It is possible, just as it is possible that Obama will cut spending. But it will not happen. The city is used to the new money and they can't do without it. We as residents are used to what the tax money buys and we would revolt if the benefits were taken away. We have it and it is not going away, just as the hotel tax is not going away and the tax that city residents pay for the privilege of working in Harrodsburg is not going away. The 3% tax is here to stay. What ought to be looked at is how it is spent. Both the city and county governments need to look in to their practice of keeping control of the tourist commission in the hands of one family. They also need to look into how the tourist commission spend their part of the 3%. They also need to answer the question of why Shakertown, which gets a huge portion of the advertisement by the commission, pays no restaurant tax.
Shaker town doesn't collect the tax because it isn't inside the city. It is a city levied tax.
Perry Mason

Harrodsburg, KY

#83 Mar 5, 2013
whataburger wrote:
<quoted text>
Shaker town doesn't collect the tax because it isn't inside the city. It is a city levied tax.
I realize that. But Shakertown profits from advertisement that the tourist commission lavishes upon it. Check out the publications put out by the commission and you will see Shakertown in the forefront of all advertisement. That should be corrected. Either the tourist commission should collect money from Shakertown to compensate for the lack of a county restaurant tax, or the tourist commission should eliminate all advertisement funded by the tax.
I would say that it is unfair to force the restaurants in Harrodsburg to collect the 3% tax and use it to advertise a competitor which does not collect it.
Shagnasty

Harrodsburg, KY

#84 Mar 5, 2013
Perry Mason wrote:
<quoted text>
I realize that. But Shakertown profits from advertisement that the tourist commission lavishes upon it. Check out the publications put out by the commission and you will see Shakertown in the forefront of all advertisement. That should be corrected. Either the tourist commission should collect money from Shakertown to compensate for the lack of a county restaurant tax, or the tourist commission should eliminate all advertisement funded by the tax.
I would say that it is unfair to force the restaurants in Harrodsburg to collect the 3% tax and use it to advertise a competitor which does not collect it.
One thing you left out. I found out that the person hired to run the tourist commission office used to work at Shakertown. No wonder they get all of this good PR. I gotta say this though. Shakertown is a tourist draw. I don't know how many come to Harrodsburg and spend money, but I think some do. You have to advertise that place. But I agree. They are taking money away from Harrodsburg and the people who pay the tax and they are getting the PR for free. They ought to have to help pay for it. I went on line and the first thing that comes up on the tourist page is a big picture of a bunch of Shakers dancing.
Fart Commander

United States

#85 Mar 5, 2013
Truth wrote:
<quoted text>
Much has been written about this family. I want to try to set the record straight. It is true that this family has retained the chairman position of the tourist commission since the commission was started. It is true that the chairman position has been passed down through three generations of the same family. It is true that this family operates a tourist business which profits from advertising done by the tourist commission. Having written that I want to make this point. It is not this family that appoints their males to the commission. It is not the family who causes the tourist commission members to elect a male member of this family to the chairmanship. This family is doing what most of us would do if provided the opportunity. Would we blame a hormone driven inexperienced adolescent boy if he were seduced by an much more experienced young lady? Most would not. We elect our county and city government officials. They appoint members of the tourist commission, planning and zoning and other boards.
It is called Ethics. Something that is sorely lacking in the citizenship and leadership of this community. The politicians I know would eat a turd for a dollar, as well as most of the business leaders I am acquainted with.
Janice Gullwarp

Harrodsburg, KY

#86 Mar 7, 2013
Fart Commander wrote:
<quoted text>It is called Ethics. Something that is sorely lacking in the citizenship and leadership of this community. The politicians I know would eat a turd for a dollar, as well as most of the business leaders I am acquainted with.
Don't we have an ethics committee? Who is on it and what do they do?
Bald Headed Grampaw

Bardstown, KY

#89 Apr 7, 2014
Looks to me they are putting sales tax on the tourist tax. Yesterday I got a $5.00 meal. The ticket showed .31 sales tax and .15 tourist tax. WTH, tax on tax???
Really

La Vergne, TN

#90 Apr 7, 2014
Bald Headed Grampaw wrote:
Looks to me they are putting sales tax on the tourist tax. Yesterday I got a $5.00 meal. The ticket showed .31 sales tax and .15 tourist tax. WTH, tax on tax???
does 1 penny bother you that much?
Old Tater

Harrodsburg, KY

#91 Apr 7, 2014
Bald Headed Grampaw wrote:
Looks to me they are putting sales tax on the tourist tax. Yesterday I got a $5.00 meal. The ticket showed .31 sales tax and .15 tourist tax. WTH, tax on tax???
Yes, there is a tax on a tax. There is a state tax of 6% on every meal. If your mean cost $10.00 then the state sales tax is 60 cents making the bill $10.60. The tourist commission tax is 3 percent of that or 31.8 or 32 cents making your bill $10.92. They got you for 2 cents. Considering how many meals are served in Harrodsburg that counts up to a lot of money. Plainly stated the local government saw a new tax and they grabbed it.
Old Tater

Harrodsburg, KY

#92 Apr 7, 2014
Really wrote:
<quoted text> does 1 penny bother you that much?
The tax don't bother me as much as how their does not seem to be any control on how the tourist commission spends the money. Advertising the tourist business is ok, but can you think of another business that uses tax money to promote it's own business and has it's owner running the show?
Bald Headed Grampaw

Bardstown, KY

#93 Apr 7, 2014
Really wrote:
<quoted text> does 1 penny bother you that much?
No, the penny doesn't bother me that much. Its just the principal. How can you tax something that isn't a service or product?
Lived there done that

Austin, TX

#94 Apr 7, 2014
So, when I lived in KY, 40 percent of my paycheck seemd to go to taxes, federal, city, state, lived in, worked in, school district, local, and so on.... then I get a light bill -- and there were taxes on it some I have just mentioned as paid out of my pay check. Well, a trip to a restaurant... taxed there too and so on and so on.
So.. I knew someone who lost her job and the unemployment office told her KY was a commonwealth meaning they share the "wealth" of taxes. REALLY? She got very little in unemployment and did find a good job out of state but had to struggle to get by until. What is f'd up is where is the shared wealth? And adding 3% tourist tax -- how the heck do you charge a local who lives there tourist tax?
KY is not a commonwealth it's ran by greedy pigs who depend on generations of crackhead unemployed folks to keep it as it is! Get a life, get a job and then maybe the greed folks will be ousted and the crackheads won't be protected and the good honest hard working folks wont have to pay for either one to live!
Heres a good one for you - what's the difference between a crackhead and a KY statesperson who decides what taxes we pay (ie 3% tourist)? Give up - here's the answer - NOTHING!!! Your hard earned tax dollars support their lazy a&*&s!!
3% more - go figure!
Susan S

Harrodsburg, KY

#95 Apr 8, 2014
Truth wrote:
<quoted text>
Much has been written about this family. I want to try to set the record straight. It is true that this family has retained the chairman position of the tourist commission since the commission was started. It is true that the chairman position has been passed down through three generations of the same family. It is true that this family operates a tourist business which profits from advertising done by the tourist commission. Having written that I want to make this point. It is not this family that appoints their males to the commission. It is not the family who causes the tourist commission members to elect a male member of this family to the chairmanship. This family is doing what most of us would do if provided the opportunity. Would we blame a hormone driven inexperienced adolescent boy if he were seduced by an much more experienced young lady? Most would not. We elect our county and city government officials. They appoint members of the tourist commission, planning and zoning and other boards.
Your post is interesting. I agree. This family has a sweet deal. They get to use tax money to advertise their business. Most people have to pay to print and distribute advertisement. But our elected politicians allow it. They appoint the CEO of this Inn to the tourist board and they know that the same family has controlled the tourist commission since the commission was started. Don't get mad at the family. Would you turn down a such a deal.

Since: Oct 12

Baltimore, Maryland

#96 Apr 8, 2014
Lived there done that wrote:
I knew someone who lost her job and the unemployment office told her KY was a commonwealth meaning they share the "wealth" of taxes.
Whoever told her that didn't know what they were talking about.

Since: Oct 12

Baltimore, Maryland

#97 Apr 8, 2014
Lived there done that wrote:
So, when I lived in KY, 40 percent of my paycheck seemd to go to taxes, federal, city, state, lived in, worked in, school district, local, and so on.... then I get a light bill -- and there were taxes on it some I have just mentioned as paid out of my pay check.
Can you please tell me when you moved that does not have taxes?
Whatever

United States

#98 Apr 8, 2014
really wrote:
Beaumont Inn
I love paying 3% more for food in my own home time to line someone else's pockets.
yeah , ain't it just jiffy . can't stand this old place its like living or not living around town of the living dead . And yeah my behind will leave .
Whatever

United States

#99 Apr 8, 2014
yeah wrote:
I think it's crap - in this economy it's just what people need more taxes - but then again who can afford to eat out anymore, it's a luxury to eat out, i have to stick to beans and cornbread at home.
Lol ! I sure hear that you are right about the eating out . I never did eat out much except maybe " Hops " to get a hamburger in the 60's i remember the bowling alley and the nephews thought I was lying but I sad no there was one upon a time .
Whatever

United States

#100 Apr 8, 2014
I've thought ( and may be wrong ) that a Commonwealth is diffrent from a " State " its like a entinty of itself. I looked it up once actually a long time ago . I would like someone else's definition of " Commonwealth . Massachusetts , Virginia , Pennsylvania , and Ky are the 4 commonwealth states .

Since: Oct 12

Baltimore, Maryland

#101 Apr 8, 2014
Whatever wrote:
I've thought ( and may be wrong ) that a Commonwealth is diffrent from a " State " its like a entinty of itself. I looked it up once actually a long time ago . I would like someone else's definition of " Commonwealth . Massachusetts , Virginia , Pennsylvania , and Ky are the 4 commonwealth states .
It means nothing.
Lived there done that

Austin, TX

#102 Apr 9, 2014
Me again... First response to One True Digger -- Tennessee only charges Federal Income Tax and FICA, and Texas as well -- and... in Texas, you don't pay taxes at the Grocery store, and there is no 3% tourist tax, and hotel taxes basically are nothing! In addition, your light bill is not taxed the same as paycheck, you pay a you pay the bill and a small surcharge of less then .125% and you are done. There are 9 total states in the USA that only charge Federal and FICA (both legally required by our illustrious government) out of the paycheck -

Second answer here is the difference between a state and commonwealth ==

In a Commonwealth, landowners do not possess mineral or oil rights to their land. They just own the rights to use it - so basically they are "sharing the wealth" (think about that one KY!!) There is no governmental difference between a State and Commonwealth, it is all about the land and "sharing the wealth" - you know - produce on the farms, oil on the land, all the things you guys pay taxes for in EXCESS in Kentucky - actually are not taxed as bad in 9 other states -- none of them are considered Commonwealth either! Also, the term Commonwealth shows a deep routed respect for our founding fathers and the way they set up the law for the 13 original colonies (KY was not one of the 13 original but hey, just saying).

At any rate, not sure why so many taxes are being charged, it's a small group of people profiting off of the mass of folks living in KY.

Hope this helps -- and thanks for the question!

Second
Taxed to death

Harrodsburg, KY

#103 Apr 9, 2014
Federal Income tax. State Income tax. Sales tax. Cigarette tax. Liquor tax. tax on motels and hotels, property tax, restaurant tax, local tax on pay check, School tax. Library tax. Fire tax. FICA tax. Did I leave out any?

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Willisburg Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Blue ribbon deli 12 hr Would Love To Have 3
Mercer schools 13 hr To assist 2
All that sick leave for teachers 14 hr Yep 24
Red head at Hitachi 14 hr Red 1
What can be cut from schools 18 hr Vote Democrat 2018 9
Woman passed tonight at Haggin hospital 22 hr Donnie 4
mike chesser (Sep '12) Jan 7 Darthvader 6

Willisburg Jobs

More from around the web

Personal Finance

Willisburg Mortgages