Crystal Rogers’ family says signs are being removed ahead of Kentucky Bourbon Festival Tuesday, Sep 10 2019 

Sherry Ballard, Rogers' mother, is frustrated with a pattern she said has been continuing over the last few years.

Progress not visible in talks between Rick Pitino and the U of L Athletic Association Tuesday, Sep 10 2019 

With a $40 million gap in its former basketball coach's breach-of-contract, the University of Louisville Athletic Association likely to move slowly.


Bardstown boy’s wish is granted to Disney amid leukemia battle Tuesday, Sep 10 2019 

Logan and his family are going to Disney with his family at the end of the month.

The Kinks “Shangri-La” (2019 Mix) Tuesday, Sep 10 2019 

October 25th will bring the release of a 50th anniversary reissue of Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire by The Kinks! The set will include new Doo Wop Choir recordings, an unfinished Dave Davies solo album that was recorded at the same time, new Ray Davies remixes, plus previously unreleased tracks. Check out this new mix of “Shangri-La”…

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Photo Review: The Glasspack, Call Me Bronco, Sound Company, Wiirmz at Headliners Tuesday, Sep 10 2019 

Photo Review By Jenny Martin

Editors “Black Gold” Tuesday, Sep 10 2019 

Black Gold is the name of the new “best of” album by Editors that comes out next month. The compilation will include 13 tracks from their six studio albums, as well as three new songs– like the title track here.

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30 people displaced by Louisville apartment fire Tuesday, Sep 10 2019 

Louisville firefighters rescued eight people from an apartment that caught fire Tuesday night.

Southern Indiana council has ‘no confidence’ in often-absent elected leader Tuesday, Sep 10 2019 

Tuesday afternoon's Floyd County Council meeting became slightly uncomfortable at its end.

Photos from the 1989 Louisville Standard Gravure Shootings Tuesday, Sep 10 2019 

Take a look at The Courier Journal's photos from the 1989 Standard Gravure mass shooting that left nine people, including the gunman, dead.


JCPS Board Of Education Approves Property Tax Increase Tuesday, Sep 10 2019 

The Jefferson County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday evening to raise county property taxes to support public schools.

The school board voted to raise county tax rates on real estate and personal property by 1.1 cent on every $100 of property. The result means a homeowner with a $100,000 house would pay 11 dollars more in property tax compared to last year.

That would help JCPS raise an additional $30.8 million to support public education and build new schools, up from the $497 million that would be raised under the previous tax rate. JCPS CFO Cordelia Hardin said the district meanwhile expects to lose about $10 million in SEEK funding from the state during the same time based on the statewide formula for education funding.

Public Comment on Tax Proposal

A public comment period beginning at 5 p.m. garnered three speakers, with two in favor of the proposed tax increase and one opposed.

“If you take a look at what’s going on in our community right now, there’s a lot of burden on people, in a multitude of areas,” Jefferson County resident Lester Gamble said in opposition to the tax increase. Gamble said rising utility costs and city budget cuts are pinching the pocketbooks of many Louisville residents.

Chris Harmer of the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, a coalition of progressive organizations concerned about education, asked school board members to go further to seek “extra-ordinary” revenue beyond the proposed tax increase.

“In the face of continuing struggles with learning gaps between different groups of students, we need more revenue for programs that are proving to narrow those gaps,” Harmer said. “Black brown, and low-income students, who make up more than two-thirds of JCPS students, need more support.”

Pat Murrell, of the Louisville League of Women Voters — a member organization of the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools — said the organization also supports the proposed tax increase.

Tax Increase Will Help Fund JCPS’ Priorities

Board member Chris Brady says JCPS would use any additional revenue raised to fund the school district’s many priorities, including employing additional mental health counselors in schools, developing an internal security team, and improving school facilities.

At the board meeting, JCPS CEO Cordelia Hardin presented a plan for how the additional $30.8 million dollars raised by the tax increase would be spent, including:

  • $22.5 million for instruction;
  • $3.8 million for maintenance of plant;
  • $1.96 million for transportation;
  • $1.76 million for the building fund;
  • $615,000 for the cost of tax collections.

Brady has also noted that one of the district’s rising costs is its required contributions to state pensions for teachers. JCPS Chief of Communications Renee Murphy said the district is estimating it will pay about $5.4 million more to the Kentucky Teacher Retirement System this current school year compared to the previous school year. That’s because the Bevin administration has adopted more pessimistic assumptions for the state’s pension plans, which require agencies like JCPS to pay more.

School boards in Kentucky typically review tax rate changes each fall and are entitled to an up to 4% rise in county tax revenue each year under state law. If the county’s property tax revenue does not rise by that amount as the result of a gain in property value alone, the school board can approve a tax increase to make up the difference. Any tax increase that amounts to a greater than 4% rise in revenue would have to go before voters for approval in a recall election.

A JCPS spokesperson has confirmed that the proposed tax increase under consideration will not be subject to a recall election because it is equal to a 4% rise in revenue.

Correction: A previous version of this story stated the expected loss in SEEK funding would be $6 million. It is actually $10 million.

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