Moser, McDaniel Celebrate Legislative Wins at Edgewood Meeting
State Senator Chris McDaniel (R-Taylor Mill) and Rep. Kimberly Moser (R-Taylor Mill) talked about the recently concluded session of the General Assembly during Monday night's meeting of the Edgewood city council.
McDaniel said that Kentucky now has the lowest tax rate in the nation and that he is proud of the passage of House Bill 1, an act related to foster care and adoption, which he said speeds up the process.
The senator also said that changes to the state pension system will result in a smaller increase in payments from cities. The 12 percent increase for Edgewood means an additional $107,000.
Other changes for local governments include a change to the publishing of ordinances adopted. Now, instead of publishing full announcements in a printed newspaper, cities can publish a single sentence directing residents to a website.
The Kentucky Fish & Wildlife Department is also required to offer its programs in all 120 counties in the state whereas previously such programs were not available in Northern Kentucky counties, McDaniel said.
Moser noted the passage of bills related to dyslexia so that children can be treated earlier.
She also addressed legislation that aims to cut down on the overcrowding of the state prisons.
Moser applauded a bill that outlaws a certain form of abortion. The law, she said, is the strongest in the nation.
Mayor John Link asked about a change related to reformulated gas and how it is expected to save money for Northern Kentucky residents. Link noticed that the day after the change, gas prices actually went up.
McDaniel said that the change does not take effect until July 1.
Meanwhile, the city is at work on its next fiscal year budget and city administrator Brian Dehner offered a preliminary review.
The $8,619,700 budget will be impacted by several large expenses such as new digital emergency responder radios and the pension bill. That bill will increase by another 12 percent next year and the year after.
The city, Dehner said, also must add two new cars to its fleet along with a new pumper for the fire department and an ambulance.
Mayor Link announced that on May 20, from 3 to 6 p.m., the city will host an open house at the new event center, also known as the White House, in Presidents Park.
Mayor Link also said he has been asked once again to take part in the annual donut stack on Fountain Square. The event takes place at noon on June 1. Link said even though he has traditionally done poorly in the donut stack, it is fun and he always hopes to bring the donut stacking trophy home to Edgewood.