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Adair Fiscal Court holds calm Jan 25th meeting

By Linda Waggener

After the chaos of events that caused the regular January Adair County Fiscal Court meeting to be cancelled, enough alarm was spreading throughout the citizenry that the special called meeting this morning went off without a hitch. All eight members of the Court were present. Every member of the Court was civil and spoke to the point. The agenda went exactly as it was printed and the meeting ended without drama.

Most of the discussion centered around the two taxes going into place in 2024.

As it stands now, (1) the Occupational Tax is in effect at one half of one percent on all W2 payrolls in the county, and (2) every business will owe a one time $50 annual license.

Sheila Blair is directing the processes and she says there will be many reports going forward as details develop from questions - like what qualifies as a business and what about farms and farmers markets? She has researched surrounding counties experiences where they have had payroll taxes for years and still many questions arise each day as it is implemented in Adair County.

Exceptions to the $50 annual tax for now are farms, farmers market vendors, non-profits and churches. County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin was asked to update the ordinance accordingly so it can be given a second reading and vote at the next Fiscal Court meeting.

Sheila can be reached for more information by phone at 270.751.2525 and by email at

Her work space will be in the 911 Center but payments may be left at the Judge's office as well at 400 Public Square, Columbia.

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This story was posted on 2024-01-25 14:42:05
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Fiscal Court in session

2024-01-25 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener.
Thursday's fiscal court meeting is underway. In addition to regular business, items on the agenda include discussion of Business Licenses, hiring of Dispatch personnel, paying of snow removal disbursements, and Occupational Tax complaints. The meeting is open to the public.

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