At a recent meeting in Junction City to get public input on his proposal to raise the county payroll tax, Boyle County Judge-Executive Tony Wilder offered residents of that city a gift in exchange for their support.
Wilder suggested that the Fiscal Court could give Junction City $32,000, which would allow that city to eliminate its recently adopted 1 percent payroll tax.
It's unclear whether Wilder's comment should be taken seriously. He recently backed away from another statement made during a heated discussion of the county's budget woes, in which he said that he feared that another "big plant" was "teetering" and might leave the county.
But just for the sake of argument let's assume that the judge-executive was saying what he meant in Junction City. If so, it represents a kind of milestone in his thinking because he has acknowledged for the first time that city residents in this county are double-taxed: They pay both city and county taxes.