Friday, March 17, 2017

West Buechel's mighty fine City gubment

West Buechel's mighty fine gubment enacted a gross receipts business tax this week using standard West Buechel gubment operating procedures . . . illegally.

One City Council member was absent from this month's Council meeting due to being in rehab recovering from a stroke.

Mayor Ricky Richards mighty fine plan was to finagle a proxy from a guy in a hospital bed to get the votes he needed for the Mayor's beloved and long sought after business tax hike.

The Council vote this Tuesday was three against and two in favor of the gross receipts tax. With the proxy vote from the MIA Council member, it was a 3 - 3 tie, which Mayor Ricky broke by voting in favor of higher taxes.

West Buechel's mighty fine City Attorney, John Casey McCall, opined that a proxy vote from an absent Council member was a mighty fine way to do business in Kentucky, and it was all good with him.

I suspect the final chapter on this mighty fine gross receipts Ordinance has not yet been written.

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Louisville, Kentucky

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Very Bad News for West Buechel

Going all the way back to West Buechel's original Insurance Premium Tax Ordinance in 1984 and including all available variations and subsequent amendments, both real and imagined (See: West Buechel: The Great Tax Hoax of 2012), NOT A SINGLE ONE states a purpose for the tax imposed.  

If anyone takes the Kentucky Revised Statutes on this subject seriously, it means the City of West Buechel has a big potential problem.

KRS 92.330 requires of Home Rule Class Cities that the purpose for which a tax or license fee is imposed, "shall be specified in the ordinance, and the revenue therefrom shall be expended for no other purpose than that for which the tax was levied or the license fee imposed. Failure to specify the purpose of the tax or license fee shall render the ordinance invalid."   

The size of the problem would be about $1 Million of Insurance Premium Taxes collected over the last five years. Five years is likely the applicable statute of limitations.


Is there a lawyer in the house?

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The danger of legal specialization

The Kentucky Department of Insurance is kind enough to offer Cities and Counties a Model  Local Insurance Premium Tax Ordinance. It is, in my estimate, the best and most comprehensive Ordinance of its type that I have seen, with one serious flaw.

KRS 92.330 requires of Home Rule Class Cities that the purpose for which a tax or license fee is imposed, "shall be specified in the ordinance, and the revenue therefrom shall be expended for no other purpose than that for which the tax was levied or the license fee imposed. Failure to specify the purpose of the tax or license fee shall render the ordinance invalid.

Tough love. 

Further, KRS 92.340 is also very tough.
"If, in any city of the home rule class, any city tax revenue is expended for a purpose other than that for which the tax was levied or the license fee imposed, each officer, agent or employee who, by a refusal to act, could have prevented the expenditure, and the members of the city legislative body who voted for the expenditure, shall be jointly and severally liable to the city for the amount so expended. . . . ."
 Alas, the Department of Insurance's Model Ordinance does not seem to include any provision or reminder that a city ordinance must state a purpose for the tax or license fee. I've read through it only three times, so maybe it's there.

It looks to be a nasty trap for the unwary city official.

Good insurance lawyers are not necessarily good municipal lawyers.




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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Show Cause Motion Served

Yes, I am an old dog.

Yes, this is a new trick.

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Dear Mr. Attorney General - Part 2

Kim Richards - West Buechel, KY, Clerk-Treasurer

If you ever wish to do business with West Buechel City Hall, bring lollipops.  You will be dealing with children.

Evil defective children.

William Golding wrote a book about this place.









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