Explain tax exemptions: Dial said homestead exemptions allow people over 65 or disabled to get exemptions on property tax; and Brown said ag exemptions value the farm for what it is worth rather than what it sells for. Different assessments are set for tillable, pasture and woodlands.
Qualifications: Brown has worked in the PVA office eight years and has had training; Dial, a real estate and insurance agent, has done land appraisals and has experience in dealing with property values.
Office hours: Incumbent Eva S. Miller said the office is open 46-1/2 hours a week and her office provides 200-plus hours for public service when she's only funded for 173 hours a month. Casey Davis said he will stagger office hours to accommodate people who work out of the county.
Records: Both candidates said each record in the office is vital and would be treated with respect and honor.
Goals: Davis wants to be a good servant and treat people as he wants to be treated; and Miller will continue to turn over excess fees to the county to keep taxes down.
Legal sale of alcoholic beverages: Frank McAninch and John Riggins said it would be up to the people to vote on the matter; Ronald Wright, the incumbent, and Ernest Luttrell, would not support alcoholic sales.
Advertising job openings: Riggins would advertise, leave hiring up to Fiscal Court and try to hire people who live in Casey. Wright said the employment office plays a vital roll in the people hired to work in the county. Luttrell favors hiring local people, would interview everyone and screen people before they are hired. McAninch would take applications and hire the most qualified.
Opinion on ag center: Riggins said the center is an important asset and he will look for funds to finish and operate the facility.
Luttrell supports the center because it will bring in tourist dollars and people. McAninch is supportive, but would not raise taxes to support it. Wright supports the center and said it can play an important part in economic development and tourism.
1st District, better community: Merl Hogue thinks allowing the public to help make decisions will help the community to prosper. Kenny Morgan, the incumbent, said more jobs and better education will help the county grow. Richard Wethington said an industrial park for small factories would make it easier to attract smaller factories.
Money allocations: Morgan and Hogue said allocations for roads should be split equally while Wethington said the elderly, sick and school children should be considered when allocating the money.
Countywide zoning: Wethington said it would benefit the county. Morgan would have to study zoning and wants to begin with subdivisions and not make it mandatory for farms. Hogue is not sure if he favors zoning.
2nd District, major issues: Charles Derringer thinks new jobs are needed. Gary Johnson said economic development, roads and water are at the top of his list. Jerry Sandusky said roads and more jobs are issues.
Youth activities: Johnson and Sandusky said more events are needed at the Central Kentucky Ag/Expo Center and Gateway Park.
Wethington said he will work for a bowling alley. Derringer would go along with building a swimming pool with the help of businesses.
Industry: Derringer suggested a woodworking industry since the county has plenty of timber and Johnson wants to get more manufacturing jobs.
3rd District, Leadership Casey County: Brian Beeler said the program is excellent and he and David Phelps favor keeping the program, sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce. George Haggard was not familiar with the program.
Tax to support parks and recreation: Haggard will support this because "kids need some place to hang out." Phelps will look into it to see if they are needed and Beeler favors it to have a better place for the youth.
More business: Phelps wants to offer tax incentives to attract business and industry; Haggard wants to develop an industrial park before going after new businesses and favors more industry to bring in more jobs and revenue.