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If you work in Whitesburg your taxes could be going up

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

LETCHER Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Last Thursday officials, educators, nurses and various community members took to the podium sharing their comments regarding the proposed payroll tax for all employees within Whitesburg's city limits.

Council members gathered on Monday evening and passed the 1.5 percent tax.

Council Member Tom Sexton shared his opinion on what he called a polarizing topic.

"I probably read over the ordinance 17 or 18 times," said Sexton. "I thought it was pretty fair and standard so I think this is what's necessary right now in order to keep our city afloat and to keep progress going."

The vote was not unanimous, however this legislation did pass and is effective as of January first of next year.

City leaders said the local paper will publish more details and every employer will receive a copy.

Sexton said the issue could always be revisited.

"Six months down the road we think okay this is generating a crazy amount of revenue," said Sexton. "You know we're operating well above our budget and these sorts of things maybe we can dial it back down to make it more fair for people."

Their city attorney said this tax includes provisions and exemptions everyone needs to know.

Sexton said anyone with questions or concerns should feel free to reach out to other city leaders, including council members and the mayor.

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