Warren County Fiscal Court Looking For Other Options

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Now that the proposed insurance premium tax is a no-go the Warren County fiscal court is looking for other options.

Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon said the fiscal court is now looking at the possibility of an occupational tax.

Warren County is facing a $3 million shortfall due to state and federally mandated, but unfunded projects.

Buchanon said a one percent occupational tax could bring $2.7 million into the county.

Buchanon said if you make $27,000 a year, a one percent occupational tax would cost you $270.

"Factually, that's the way we'd prefer previously, but we knew it wasn't going to bring in sufficient revenue to maintain our current funding status," Buchanon said.

People who work in the city of Bowling Green already pay an occupational tax, so if the fiscal court eventually passes one, they won't have to pay anything extra. Only those who work in the county will be affected.

The fiscal court will also meet with the county's department heads and representatives from the agencies it helps fund to discuss other sources of revenue.

Agencies that receive funding from the county are now worried they'll receive cuts.

The Bowling Green Human Rights Commission has been in operation for the last 40 years.

The organization fights for fair treatment and equal opportunity of protected classes.

"There is no one else in Bowling Green that does this type of work," executive director, Linda McCray said.

The Human Rights Commission also provides a job bank, job counseling, a unity celebration, The Martin Luther King Jr. March and educational programs.

"If there is a cut in our funding it would be devastating to the community because we represent those people that feel they don't feel they have a voice for themselves," McCray said.

The commission currently has two full-time and one part-time employee.

McCray said a cut in funding means her staff would be affected and resources would be stretched even more thin than they are now.

McCray said she's now asking the community to help support the commission.

"Whether it's vocal support of the Human Rights Commission and our mission, whether it's monetary support we're going to ask the community to come forward," McCray said.

McCray said she's never certain how much funding her organization will receive from one year to the next.

She's hoping one day the Human Rights Commission won't have to worry about where its funding is coming from.

For a list of agencies who have received money and a graphic example of what an occupational tax would mean to citizens, click here.