Wednesday, 22 May 2013 08:31


Just 8 days after the Glasgow City Council voted against requesting Attorney General Jack Conway’s opinion on the taxability of property owned by T.J. Samson Hospital, T.J. Health Partners, and T.J. Regional Health, the Barren County Fiscal Court voted to do the same.  The issue, which was nowhere to be found on the agenda for last night’s meeting, was brought up by Magistrate Chris Steward.  Steward, admittedly, used the exact same resolution the City of Glasgow voted down, however, Steward only asked the court to vote on one building-the new T.J. Health Pavilion.  That building is owned by T.J. Regional Health, which is a not-for-profit entity.  Under Kentucky state law, non-profit entities are not subject to property taxes.

Magistrate John Benningfield thought it would be best to table the issue, given that it was not on the agenda and no time for research on the matter was allowed.  Others, including Magistrate Tommy Matthews, felt like the fact that T.J. Samson and it’s related organizations are the largest employers in the county was enough reason to leave the issue alone.

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County Judge-Executive Davie Greer reiterated that, although it would mean tax revenue for the county, the new T.J. Health Pavilion is something the county should be proud of.

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And that vote was 5-3 with the majority voting against requesting an opinion from the Attorney General on the matter of the taxability of the T.J. Health Pavilion, as it relates to property taxes.  The “NO” votes were Judge-Executive Davie Greer, Magistrates Benningfield, Matthews, Billy Houchens, and Gary Gillon.  The minority “YES” votes were Magistrates Steward, Ricky Spillman, and Carl Dickerson who asked the court this…

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Judge-Executive Greer clarifies…

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In other county government business, the fiscal court voted unanimously to appropriate funds for a 3% raise, across the board, for county employees given that their health insurance benefits will also increase in the coming fiscal year.  Greer says they are not sure how much, but it could be as much as 10%.

The county also finalized the job description of a seasonal employee that would be hired to the Parks and Recreation Department for the purpose of mowing athletic fields and cleaning bathrooms.  After voting the previous job description down at the last meeting of the Barren County Fiscal Court, the new description was approved with only one “NO” vote from Magistrate Spillman.




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