Monday, January 28, 2019

Bridge Work




Starting next week you'll see crews starting work on both bridges that cross the Cumberland River here in Cumberland County. The Highway 90 bridge in Burkesville will see light work until Spring, when there will be lane closures as more complicated repairs will commence. However, it does look like the Highway 61S bridge will jump right in to lane closures.

According to a press release by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 8, "Beginning Monday, Feb. 4, the KY 61 bridge (milepoint 10) will be reduced to one lane as crews begin work. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers until barrier walls have been placed, at which time temporary traffic signals will be installed on the north and southbound approaches.

In addition, lane widths will be reduced to 10.5 feet.

Lane closures are scheduled to be performed later this spring on the KY 90 (milepoint 14.1) structure. The work being performed at this time will have little to no impact on traffic.

Work on both structures is expected to be completed by Nov. 30. The date and duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destination."

I think it's great news that these bridges are going to get the repairs they need to ensure our citizen's safety! So let's be aware as we cross the bridge construction zones for the next few months. Make sure to pay attention to the workers and let's keep everyone safe.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Tax Time means Occupational Tax Time means Fairness for All

Hello Everyone! I apologize for the delay in posting. Lots of things going on these days. As we all seem to get more busy, time also seems to speed up. I feel like I blink and another week has gone by. So it is not really surprising to me that once again it's time to start preparing for filing your Income Taxes.

The great American, Benjamin Franklin said, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Even in this time of government shutdown, the IRS expects us all to follow the law, and file our income taxes. Although we do have until April 15th to complete and send in our Income Tax forms.

So, with this mind, it seems to be the perfect time to remind everyone that anyone that does business in Burkesville needs a business license to operate legally. The term "Business License" is synonymous with "Occupational Tax."

I'd like to explain this in short, so that those without knowledge of the Occupational Tax understand how it works. If a person does business in the city of Burkesville, the owner of that business needs to file a NET PROFITS RETURN to ensure it has a legal standing to do business in town. The minimum amount to be paid is $100. OR, 2% of your net profits, whichever is more. Not to exceed $750. If more than $750 is paid, the difference is returned to the business.

I will use my own numbers from last year at my art studio for an example. I don't mind telling you that I don't do a lot of business there and am usually open only a few hours on the weekend. After deducting my expenses I ended with about $6200 profit. After filling out the Net Profits Return and multiplying the profit times two percent, my total Occupational Tax was $124.

A lot of businesses in the city file this return and do business legally. Such as Dollar General and Fred's. There are folks that mow yards that pay their fair share. There are people that sell clothes and jewelry from their homes that pay their fair share. People that work hard and do odd jobs pay their fair share. However, after stepping into this office, I see that not all do the same.

EVERY BUSINESS HAS TO FILE A NET PROFIT RETURN BY APRIL 15TH, or, if a Federal Tax Extension has been filed, no later than that deadline.

If some businesses have to pay their fair share, then so should all! I believe the time of closing our eyes to some things has passed. I told someone the other day that what was done in the past is past, but I can certainly make sure that all things are done fairly for all, from this point forward. 

With that being said, I have included two photos below (click each to enlarge.) Both are from City Ordinance 2014-5. The first from page 9 of that document and it basically states that a Net Profits Return is required by all doing business in the city. The other is from pages 13 and 14 of the same document. And it states that anyone failing to file the required returns shall be considered guilty of a Class A Misdemeanor.

Go to http://app.sos.ky.gov/occupationaltax/ and select Burkesville from the drop-down menu to read the entire ordinance.

I know that upholding the rules and laws that were set in place many years ago, but have not been enforced the same on everybody, is not going to make me a popular person. And that's okay. I feel it is my duty to make sure everyone is treated the same, and treated in a fair and like manner.

If anyone has questions, concerns, ideas, etc. please contact me at 270-406-0189. Or my direct line at City Hall is 270-284-1004. Email is burkesvillemayor@gmail.com.

Thank you all for your time. Have a safe and warm weekend!





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