CITY COUNCIL TO SEEK ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OPINION ON PULLING OUT OF LOCAL TOURISM COMMISSION; WILL NOT SEEK AG'S OPINION ON TAXATION OF NOT-FOR-PROFITS PDF Print
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 04:34

 

Two items on the agenda for last night’s Glasgow City Council failed to pass, a rare occurrence for the newly elected council installed in January of this year.

 

A resolution requesting Attorney General,  Jack Conway’s opinion, as to the taxability of property owned by T.J. Samson Hospital and T.J. Regional Health, Inc.; two not for profit entities; was brought before the Council.  In Kentucky, nonprofit organizations are not subject to property taxes.  The resolution was sponsored by Councilman Wendell Honeycutt.  Ultimately, the Glasgow City Council voted against the resolution, electing not to request the opinion of Attorney General Conway on the matter.

 

Honeycutt holds the opinion that there is an issue of fairness regarding T.J. Health Partners.

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Councilman James Neal expressed the opposite opinion, stating that T.J. Health Partners has actually helped to attract more physicians to Glasgow to practice medicine.

 

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Councilman Joe Trigg also had reservations on asking the Attorney General to rule on the matter, because of the legalities involved in asking a nonprofit entity to pay a tax that, by law, isn’t required to.

 

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The vote was 6 NO votes to 5 YES votes.  Those voting against the resolution were Council Members James Neal, Brad Groce, Jim Marion, Stacy Hammer, Dick Doty, and Joe Trigg.  The minority YES votes were made by Council Members Karalee Oldenkamp, Wendell Honeycutt, Marlin Witcher, M.D. Armstrong, and Freddie Norris.

 

 

Another item on the agenda failed to be brought to a vote as Councilman Marion made the motion to table an ordinance for further discussion that would allow the City of Glasgow to withdraw from it’s association with the Glasgow-Barren County Tourism Commission and instead allow Mayor Rhonda Trautman to form a new Glasgow Tourism Commission, withdrawing it’s affiliation with the entire county.  Marion’s motion was seconded by Councilman Groce who says, he likes the idea of the city and county being represented as a whole as it relates to tourism.

 

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Instead of voting on the ordinance, the council elected to ask the opinion of Attorney General, Jack Conway, as to whether or not seceding from the current city-county tourism commission would be legally feasible for the city of Glasgow

 

 

 

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