Affidavit of petition filed to get Lincoln’s nickel tax on ballot

Published 11:33 am Thursday, October 3, 2019

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STANFORD — The Lincoln County School District’s new nickel tax could be in trouble.

On Wednesday morning, Sept. 25, at 12:27 p.m., the Lincoln County clerk’s office confirmed that a group of local residents filed an official affidavit of petition to have the nickel tax that was added by the Board on Sept. 12 be placed on a ballot.

The petition committee members are Marvin R. Wilson, David T. Noland, Jenn Broadbent, Daniel Noland and Troy Payton, all of Hustonville.

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According to County Clerk George O. “Sonny” Spoonamore IV, the group has 45 days to get the 956 signatures of registered voters required to get the vote on the ballot. He emphasized that only the signatures of registered voters will be counted.

In the affidavit of petition it reads: “The petition to be circulated will be for the purpose of obtaining a sufficient number of qualified signatures to recall the recallable portion of the proposed levy, 5.7 cents per $100 of the assessed value of real property and of personal property, with exonerations, as passed by order, resolution, and/or motion of the Lincoln County Board of Education on September 12, 2019, requiring the Board to place same before the voters of Lincoln County, Kentucky.”

The recallable 5.7 cents is classified as restricted funds and can only be spent on major renovations of school facilities, new construction, debt service and/or land acquisition (pursuant to KRS 157.420 (4)(b)). These funds cannot be spent on staff salaries.