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Players in tax shifting, Human Rights Commission session

2014-08-20 - City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. Councillor Dr. Ron Rogers left was high spirits as the Council gave a second reading and final approval to a Columbia/Adair County Human Rights Commission ordinance, as was Councillor Charles Grimsley, center, whose Parks & Recreation group stands to gain from approximately $200,000 to be derived by a new Occupational License Tax, which when implemented should generate an additional $1 million in revenues; at far right is Councillor June Parson, who was the lead spokesperson for the outline of the reasoning behind and the plans for a new tax structure. The plan features a lowered Real Estate and Personal Property Tax, continuation of the city's insurance premium tax at its current level, and the implementation of a payroll tax which derives revenue largely from those who work in Columbia but are not residents, at first. The planners anticipate that with the tax more jobs can be created in Columbia, with new payrolls here, hence more tax revenue to be used for the creation of jobs, and on an on until eventually, the disproportion of workers going to surround counties and the very small number coming into to the city will be reversed.
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