Fiscal court recognized students who raised $20,000 for American Heart Association; Rural road funds approved

Published 4:10 pm Monday, May 13, 2024

The Fiscal Court recognized students from Woodlawn Elementary School at their meeting on April 23. The students raised $20,080 for the American Heart Association “Kids Heart  Challenge.”

EMS Director Mike Rogers said the students also worked with Boyle County EMS in learning Hands Only CPR. 

The court thanked Woodlawn Physical Education teacher Whitney Mason and the students for their efforts in raising money.

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Transportation Department Civil Engineer Francis McDonnell presented the 2025 Rural Secondary Program recommendations from the state. The state recommended that Rural Secondary Road projects for 2025 include re-doing portions of KY 37 (Forkland Road) and KY  3366 (Bluegrass Pike). 

The recommended FLEX fund road projects are KY 3366 (Bluegrass Pike) and Ky 1896 (Faulkner Lane). The court approved all recommendations. The total amount for both funds is $440,260.

The court heard a presentation by GovOS for new financial software for Tax Administration. County Administrator Julie Wagner explained that their current Springbrook software cannot collect both city and county taxes. 

GovOS representatives Nick Stephenson and Matt Polovich explained that their system can collect both city and county taxes, and uses less manual data entry and paper, which currently slows down work in the local government. They said workers can spend so much time filing papers with their old system, that they might not have time in the workday to enforce taxes, make sure businesses are in compliance, send notifications, or do audits on accounts.

GovOS allows businesses to register, file, and pay online, rather than submit paper documents. It would give the county the tools to manage payments, complete reconciliations, and allow staff more time to find businesses not in compliance. Boyle is the only county still using the 1990s software KVS. 

The software services would be $115,000 a year, with a one-time start-up cost of $35,000. If the county were to use the new software, they could reduce the tax admin staff to one full-time and one part-time employee.

In other business, the court: 

  • Appointed Magistrates Paula Bodner and Jamey Gay to the United Way Homelessness and Food Insecurity Committee. The committee decides which nonprofit entities that fiscal court funding will be distributed to through United Way.
  • Rescheduled this year’s December fiscal court meeting from Dec. 24 to Dec. 19.
  • Approved the revised Employee Handbook with several minor changes discussed in previous meetings.
  • Danny Lay with the Conservation District presented the Conservation District’s annual budget. He requested to continue the $0.01 per $100.00 tax rate that they’ve had for the last eight or nine years, which the court approved.