1) There's been some consternation and confusion about the second set of property tax bills sent out to Henderson Countians reflecting what they owe for the portion of their bill devoted to the local public schools. That part of their total bill was left off the initial annual tax notices sent out earlier this fall as the county waited to see what would happen with the vote on the Nickel Tax. The Nickel Tax passed and the newly calculated school-related tax bills were mailed out in late November. Some folks who were obviously not paying attention were caught off guard, and the total amount of additional taxation was more than five cents. There's an explanation for that and, as is the case with most public revenue oddities in Kentucky, state regulations and ordinances are the culprit.
2) The controversy has served to remind folks just how much of their overall property tax bill goes toward funding our schools. Here's a handy pie chart illustration that provided by Henderson County Attorney Steve Gold:
3) In case you missed it, here's a good update by The Gleaner's Chuck Stinnett on some of the signage changes we'll see in the area along the newly christened I-69. And here's a link to a recent Community Comment I did for WEVV-Ch. 44 regarding I-69. 4) Speaking of Chuck Stinnett, we wish him nothing but the best in his retirement. He and several other longtime Gleaner staffers, including Frank Boyett, Darrin Phegley, Ruth Ann Risley and others, will end their local newspaper careers on Dec. 18, prompted by buyout offers from The Gleaner's new owner, Gannett. It can be argued that Chuck is the best business journalist in Kentucky, and Henderson has been lucky he and his equally talented wife, Donna, chose to set down roots here.
4) Congrats to all the folks associated with Union County Farm Bureau, who raked in awards at last month's state convention.
5) High-fives to Webster County Schools, which landed a $20,000 grant from AT&T to help outfit two mobile labs for the middle school and high school. The money will also help provide ACT preparation and academic remediation software.
Front Row from left: Venita Murphy, Webster County Board of Education Member; Tim McCormick, BOE Member; Hood Harris, Kentucky AT&T President; Dr. Rachel Yarbrough, Superintendent; Rhonda Callaway, Secondary Director; Mike Stone, Chief Information Officer; Back Row from left: Leland Steely, BOE Member; Jeff Pettit, BOE Member; Joan Duncan, Regional AT&T Director; Mickey Dunbar, BOE Member
6) McLean County Schools recently made public the district's improvement plan. Henderson County Schools is going through a somewhat similar visioning process called Vision of Excellence 2020 and needs the public's input. Make plans to attend one of the open forums.
7) Join us Thursday, 7:30 a.m. at Henderson Country Club for Kyndle's Small Business of the Year Awards breakfast. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8) Want state tax credits for growing your small business or investing in one? Kentucky has plenty of options that can help your bottom line.
9) On a lighter note, former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr auctioned off a bunch of his own personal collection of band memorabilia, including his original Beatles drum set and copy No. 0000001 of the White Album. The auction raised $9.2 million.
10) A couple more Kyndle events and seminars remain in December, including a Brown Bag Series lecture today at noon at Kyndle about local holiday shopping options. More are coming up in January. Check out the calendar here.
Our 10 Things Spotlight Businesses of the Week are Dr. Mark Moats Family Dentistry and ABBA Promotions.