The Caldwell County Fiscal Court met in regular session Tuesday morning in the courthouse in downtown Princeton.

After the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer Caldwell County Judge Executive Ellen Dunning called the meeting to order and County Clerk Toni Watson called roll.

The court then unanimously approved the agenda and the minutes from the August 9th meeting.

Judge Dunning then gave her Judge Executive comments where she reminded those assembled that the courthouse will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 3rd.

The meeting then moved to unfinished business of which there was none so the meeting moved to new business, of which there were several items. The first item of new business was to set the county tax rate. Judge Dunning stated that, according to PVA Ronald Wood, property assessments in Caldwell County increased this year, so that regardless of which tax rate the county approved there would be a slight increase in revenue. The estimated revenue from last year’s tax rate of 10.2 percent was $448,496. If the county were to approve the compensating rate of 10.1 percent revenue would be estimated at $477,584. If the rates stayed the same, estimated revenue would be $482,000 while estimated revenue for a 4 percent increase in tax rates would equal $496,000. Judge Dunning suggested that the county go with the state’s suggestion of the compensating rate of 10.1 percent. The rate for vehicles and water craft would stay the same at 11.5 percent. After a short discussion a motion was made to accept the compensating tax rate of 10.1 percent. After a second, the motion unanimously passed.

The next item of new business concerned Caldwell County’s emergency alert system, Code Red. Emergency Management Coordinator Joey McCaslin told the court that it was time to renew the contract for Code Red and mentioned that there was now a new service available, iPause, that requires no sign up for citizens to receive certain emergency notifications. Using iPause a message will be sent to all phones within the county using GPS location, including phones just passing through the area. McCaslin stated that it would be a great addition to the services already offered in the county. The contract renewal, with the addition of iPause, would cost the county $8,000, half of which would be refunded by the state. McCaslin reminded the court that Code Red is a budgeted line item for the county. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the contract renewal with the addition of iPause.

The next item of new business was to approve the appointment of Rachel Huff to the George Coon Public Library Board with a term to end in September 2022. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the appointment.

Bruce Brooks of Telecom Audit Group then addressed the court. Brooks told the court that Telecom has now added electrical, water, and gas auditing services to those it already offers counties. Brooks stated that the court did not have to make a decision right now and left information for the court to look over concerning the new services.

The last item of new business was to approve the authorization to pay bills as presented. After a motion and a second the court unanimously approved the authorization.

Judge Dunning then told the court that Lyon County Judge Executive Wade White had implored the court’s help in the War on Carp. Judge White is attempting to get donations from surrounding counties to raise money to help in the efforts to remove Asian carp from Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. The money raised will be used in the manufacturing of a processing plant for the commercial fishing of Asian carp. No action was taken on the matter.

Judge Dunning then entertained a motion to adjourn. After a motion and a second the meeting adjourned. The next regular session Caldwell County Fiscal Court meeting will be held on September 11th and is open to the public.