Garrard judge apologizes for court's decision

August 10, 2004

LANCASTER - Garrard County Judge-Executive E.J. Hasty apologized Monday night for a vote by the Fiscal Court July 12 to reorganize the county planning commission by removing two members.

"It was a mistake that we made," Hasty said.

At the July 12 meeting, planning opponent Becky Pschorr had asked the court to abolish the commission. When told it would not be abolished, she asked the court to reorganize the eight-member commission to give equal representation to each of the five magisterial districts. At that time, four of the planning commission members were from Magistrate Larry Teater's district with one each from the other four districts.

Teater was told by County Attorney Jeff Moss at the July 12 meeting that he would have to name the two members from his district to be removed before the reorganization could be voted on.

After initially refusing to single out two members, Teater named Roger Miller and Ronnie Lamb.


The court then voted to remove them from the commission.

Subsequently, Moss said he had reviewed state law and determined that the Fiscal Court did not have the authority to remove a commission member.

Teater said Monday night that he was "forced" to name the two members to be removed.

Later in the meeting, Hasty said he had received a letter from Miller resigning from the planning board, and the Fiscal Court voted to accept Miller's resignation.

At the request of Pschorr, the court also voted on a motion to abolish the planning commission. The motion failed to pass.

In other business, the court set the real property tax rate at 7.9 cents per $100 of assessed valuation and the watercraft and motor vehicles tax rate at 10.20 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

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