Last updated: April 15. 2014 12:48PM - 996 Views
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The City of Clarkson is moving up in the ranks of Kentucky cities. The town, which has been listed as a 6th class city, will officially be bumped up a notch to a 5th class locale after the signing of Kentucky House Bill 398 last week.

Mayor Bonnie Henderson explained that the main benefit to the city in moving up in class rank will be the ability to adjust occupational tax rates from a flat-fee to a percentage rate.

“It will be more fair this way,” Henderson said, adding that the current system, which is required of all 6th class cities, has employers paying the same flat-rate tax regardless of whether the employee is making minimum wage or earning a much larger income.

The class change will officially take place in July, and the city council hopes to have the new occupational tax rate prepared to go into effect immediately.

In other Clarkson news:

- The construction of the new city hall and community center is well underway, and the expected completion date has been announced as Friday, July 4, 2014.

- The Clarkson Volunteer Fire Department will be purchasing three new sets of ‘turnout gear,’ the protective coat, pants, boots and helmets that firefighters wear while responding to emergencies. Fire Chief Andy Cain said that the gear must be replaced every five years, and that each set of gear will cost approximately $2,000.

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