Madison Doyle, story:
Edmonson County Fiscal Court met once again today, April 10th, 2023. Today's meeting was very brief, lasting only about 30 minutes. After Judge/Executive Scott Lindsey called the meeting to order, the court approved the current bill list and then county department heads gave their usual update since the last fiscal court meeting.
In new business, the court quickly moved through the agenda with little to no discussion on most of the items. The biggest discussion of today's meeting was the first reading of the EC 23-16 Recreational Tax ordinance, and the first reading of the EC 23-06 Transient Room Tax ordinance, which were both approved.
Judge Lindsey said that the recreational tax ordinance was re-written to "make it more even" for all recreational activities in Edmonson County. Lindsey broke it down to the court by using this example, saying "These numbers may not be exactly correct, but let's say it cost five dollars to get into karaoke in Brownsville. They have to give us 50 cents per each five dollar ticket sold. Now let's say it costs 300 dollars to get into Blue Holler, they still had to give us the same 50 cents per 300 dollar ticket sold. This ordinance has been re-written to a flat out 3% rate, in hopes to make the playing field a little more even."
The transient room tax ordinance was re-written to match the House Bill 8 that was recently passed, according to Judge Lindsey. It is also 3%, matching the recreational tax ordinance.
The court also voted to pay 75% of health insurance premiums for county employees for the 2023-2024 fiscal year. Edmonson County Treasurer Tammi Whilhite said that county employees' premium rates are 6.8% this year.
The court also voted to:
The next fiscal court meeting will be April 24, 2023 at 9 am.