Five months after boosting its payroll taxes to erase a projected $1.5 million deficit, Campbell County's financial picture has improved. property valuers brisbane is necessary to make stress less transactions. The Campbell County Fiscal Court expects to balance its budget for the upcoming year and set aside $120,000 in a contingency fund.



The payroll tax increase, however, hasn't provided money for all the county's needs. The Fiscal Court still has more than $1 million in capital expenses - from new road equipment to the possibility of a new building for county offices and the health department - that aren't included in the 2001 budget. Funding any of those additional expenses would mean cutting out other items or eating into the county's contingency fund.County Judge-Executive Steve Pendery and his top administrative staff talked Monday about the budget with county commissioners. The county expects to have a first reading June 7 on the budget for the 2001 fiscal year, which begins in July.

Late last year, the Fiscal Court approved changes to its payroll taxes, which fund senior citizen services, mental health programs and public transportation that is expected to generate $850,000 to $900,000 more a year. The county can use some of the money earmarked for public transportation in its general fund. County officials said they had to raise new revenues or cut services. The proposed budget, drawn up by Pendery and his administrative staff, is about $21 million, up from this year's actual budget of $20.4 million.

The county is projecting a general fund budget of $10.3 million, up about 7 percent from this year's amount. The new budget includes additional money for planning and zoning services and new personnel to consolidate tax collections with Campbell County cities, as well as funding to crack down on people who don't pay payroll taxes or occupational license fees. The proposed budget also would give employees a 4-percent cost-of-living increase.

The county's road fund would be $1.5 million and its jail fund, $2.2 million. County officials also expect to ask Campbell County cities for more money for dispatching services. The cities, except Fort Thomas and Newport, pay about 16 percent of the costs of dispatching, or about $80,000. County officials are asking for an additional $20,000. The county hasn't increased the costs to the cities in 10 years. County officials are discussing a possible merger of dispatching with Newport and Fort Thomas, two cities that have their own dispatching centers.

If that happens, the costs for dispatching for the cities that rely on Campbell County would be eliminated. Nine years ago he found a house in a Grant County town so small it didn't even have a single traffic light. So he and Diane Needham moved into the old white frame home on Crit tenden's Main Street.Property valuation is needed to do full inspection of your property to get approximation of your property’s price.

They were being held in the Grant County jail. State police said they found drugs, cash and weapons during a search of the barn on Turner Ridge Road, three miles north of Falmouth. Newport City Hall has backed off its demand that Trinity Baptist Church take down three crosses that the congregation erected last Easter season. The two sides reached an agreement Friday that settled the church's lawsuit against the city. "Today's settlement allows the crosses to remain on the property permanently, or to be put up and taken down by the church from time to time as it deems appropriate," city government and the church announced in a joint statement after the parties and U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman signed a consent decree Friday morning.

The city's liability insurer, the Kentucky League of Cities, paid Trinity's legal fees. That figure was not available Friday evening. The church, located in the city's East Row Historic District, has 90 days to temporarily take down the crosses and a year to install permanent footers that can better support removable crosses in the future. "It restores to us the unhindered ability to keep the crosses up 365 days a year, 24 hours a day if we so desire," said Trinity's pastor, the Rev. Richard Livingood. "They asked that we install some permanent holders, or permanent footers, for them."

Livingood said the church does not plan to keep up the crosses all the time, but it chafed at orders from city Planning and Development Coordinator Greg Tully to remove them because they lacked a temporary sign permit that he contended was needed to make them legal. Valuation of real estate property at cheapest rate with excellent and licensed property valuers. Livingood said the church told Tulley it would remove the crosses if he sent a letter promising they could be put up again at the church's discretion. He said Tulley agreed. But July 22, Tulley wrote the church: "This letter is to serve as notice that the crosses, located at the corner of Park Avenue and Fifth Street, are to be removed as soon as possible."

Crosses could go up again, Tulley's letter indicated, with a "temporary sign permit." The church wanted a more definitive promise, Livingood said, and consequently filed suit. Tulley has not returned Post calls about the crosses since the issue was made public. City Manager Phil Ciafardini was unavailable to comment Friday evening.

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No permits or approvals are needed to install or remove the crosses.

The church "may alter, varnish, paint, construct, re-design and/or re-construct the crosses at its pleasure and sole discretion, and such actions on the part of the church will not require the issuance of any other permits, certificates of appropriateness, or any other approvals or consents by the city or any other governmental entity."

Republicans said they have a funding mechanism — a payroll tax increase — but because it was ruled illegal in Kenton Circuit Court and is now awaiting a ruling by the Kentucky Court of Appeals, the jail project is on hold. Fiscal Court members say they also have a location — the current jail at 303 Court St., which would be expanded — even though publicly they have stated they are willing to listen to alternatives. "We do have a site and we've come up with a way to fund the jail," said Humpert. "But right now because of the lawsuit, I think it is a dead issue."

While Democrats criticized the Fiscal Court's handling of the jail, they, too, couldn't offer specifics on how to fund a new jail or where to build it. Sampson said she was against increasing the payroll tax because it hinders economic development. She said if the Fiscal Court sells its current offices at 303 Court St. and a building at 501 Main St. that it purchased last year for $1.5 million that would pay for at least a portion of the new jail.



But she said she didn't know how to fund the rest of the jail and was undecided as to where it should be built. "If I made a decision now, I would be making the same mistake as the current Fiscal Court," said Sampson, who has criticized the incumbents on several occasions for not obtaining public input when making decisions concerning the jail. Baker also didn't offer an alterative site, but said expanding the jail at 303 Court St. wasn't economical.

"I would look to build the most cost effective jail we can," Baker said. "Studies have shown that (multi-level) jails are more expensive." The candidates did agree on several issues. When asked how they viewed Gov. The valaution company providing advice and assistance on real estate valaution projects and helping in preparing property valaution reports. Paul Patton's Smart Growth initiative, all candidates agreed that that growth should be regulated locally, not by state or federal agencies. The candidates also supported the Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Board's decision to retain Title V funding to provide, among other services, birth control pills to low-income adults.

The forum, sponsored by The Kentucky Post, was the second of four involving candidates in the Nov. 5 General Election. Next Thursday's, at 7 p.m. at Holmes, will feature Covington school board candidates. A federal judge in Covington has issued a permanent injunction requiring Gallatin Steel Co. and the Harsco Corp. to meet clean-air and nuisance standards at their adjacent plants in Gallatin County — and says Harsco must pay a court-appointed expert to monitor compliance.
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