How Can JCPS Justify That Gigantic Tax Hike?

29 year-old Damon Talbert was found dead in a car in Louisville’s west end late Friday night. [WDRB]

There’s no way on earth Jefferson County Public Schools – with its rampant waste – deserves this property tax hike. Jefferson County Public Schools wants to raise property taxes as much as 3.1 percent this year to gain an additional $17 million that district officials say is needed to offset state and federal funding cuts and continue vital programs that boost student achievement. [C-J/AKN]

A child was sent to Kosair Hospital Saturday night after being struck by a suspected drunk driver in the 3600 block of Dena Drive in South Louisville. [WHAS11]

Two of today’s best-selling high-end bourbons, Maker’s Mark and Pappy Van Winkle, got their start in very different ways but their recipes for success have two things in common: wheat and non-traditional marketing. [H-L]

The victim of an overnight slaying was the brother of dance creator ‘Sugar Shizz’. [WLKY]

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has inducted its latest jockey, Calvin Borel. [WFPL]

Louisville metro police are investigating an early morning shooting that sent one man to the hospital with grave injuries. Just before 9:30 a.m., police arrested a suspect in the shooting, Michael Murphy, who is reportedly in his late 40’s. [WAVE3]

A legal debate over whether one member of a same-sex couple has spousal privilege that would shield her from testifying against her partner is at the heart of a capital murder case in politically conservative Kentucky. [Reuters]

Suburban fire districts’ money-saving decision to respond only to the most serious medical calls, leaving all others to Louisville Metro EMS to handle, makes it less likely that ill and injured people outside the old city limits will survive, the head of Metro EMS warned. [C-J/AKN]

When I last reported on the plight of the downtown Louisville office market, there was plenty of gloom and doom on the part of local brokers and landlords. [Business First]

Henryville students started their second school year in their rebuilt facilities last week. While they may not have noticed the differences as much as last year, teachers are still trying to replace what they lost in the March 2012 tornado. [News & Tribune]

Turns out the 1960s were an unbelievably scary period of time for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Colonel Sanders. [Buzzfeed]

3 thoughts on “How Can JCPS Justify That Gigantic Tax Hike?

  1. To answer the question that’s posed: The only way JCPS can justify it’s proposed gigantic tax hike — is that JCPS is fully aware of the fact that THIS CITY is asleep == and has been asleep for dozens of years. It sat on its ass and watched Cordish rip it off; it sat on its ass and watched the local university turn into an athletic club whose primary ‘claim to fame’ is its now in the A.C.C.; it sat on its ass and watched over 250,000 square feet of office building space become vacant in downtown Louisville, it sat on its ass while the Yum Center has lost narly $35,000,000 in the last 2 years when you count the interest payments it’s required to pay; it sat on its ass and got into an argument with the University of Kentucky (who’s alumni control the General Assembly) and then sits and wonders why it can’t get anything done in Frankfort, etc., etc. JCPS just looked around, heard the snoring, and concluded it’s a provincial city that’s inner-directed and exsits in a vacuum comprised of itself — so no one will do anything about it — SO WHY NOT?

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