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August 19, 2003

Casey health tax rate stays same:

LIBERTY - No change was made Monday in the 2 percent tax rate for the Casey County public health district. Casey Fiscal Court set the rate for the 2003-2004 fiscal year the same as last year.

The court delayed setting the tax rate on motor vehicles and watercrafts until it decides on the county property tax rate.

In other matters, Fiscal Court authorized Sheriff Jerry Coffman to refund up to $45 per person for homestead exemptions, and accepted the sheriff's fee account subject to the audit.

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The treasurer's report included a $50,000 transfer from the road fund to the general fund to pay salaries and insurance.

County Judge-Executive Ronald Wright said construction on the new Casey County Judicial Center is progressing and should be finished by late September.

The Sept. 1 Fiscal Court meeting was canceled due to the Labor Day holiday. The next regular meeting will be 5 p.m. Sept. 15.

Local woman named to task force:

Carol A. Lunney of Danville has been appointed family representative on the Kentucky Task Force on Services and Supports for Individuals with Acquired Brain Injuries.

Because more people are suffering brain injuries, the state legislature mandated the formation of the task force during its 2003 session. The group is co-chaired by Sen. Julie Denton and Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, both of Louisville.

Dr. Lunney will chair the subcommittee on long-term planning for individuals with brain injuries, including community placement. Other subcommittees focus on access to existing services, decriminalization, and prevention since so many head injuries, including motorcycle and ATV accidents without helmets, result in extremely high costs to Medicaid.

Lunney is certified as a family court mediator and currently serves as a special education mediator for the Kentucky Department of Education. Her daughter and granddaughter sustained head injuries in an automobile accident in 1999.

To contribute ideas or for information about the task force, contact Lunney at 141 St. Mildred's Court, Danville 40422.

YMCA offers flag football:

Wilderness Trace Family YMCA will offer flag football for kindergarten and first-graders beginning in September. Register through Monday. The cost is $20 and a current youth membership. For more information, call (859) 236-0359 or 734-9622.

State trooper recognized:

FRANKFORT - Trooper Chris Lanham of Kentucky State Police Post 7 in Richmond was among officers recognized Aug. 12 at the Governor's Buckle Up Kentucky Law Enforcement awards luncheon at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington.

The campaign was conducted May 19 through June 1 when more than 150 law enforcement agencies throughout the state participated in a high visibility traffic safety enforcement program with the following results:

Meetings:

Stanford City Council - 7 p.m. today, City Hall, to discuss expansion of Renaissance Area and agreement with Logan's Fort.

Waynesburg Elementary School Council - 3:30 p.m. today, school library.|8/18/03***

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