The petition committee opposing the recallable nickel tax resolution has issued a press release to inform the public on the status of the tax.
According to the press release, per Kentucky law the committee had 45 days from July 3, 2015, to acquire a minimum of 330 names on the petition. Committee Chairperson Teresa Brown says she received a letter on Monday from Bell County Clerk Debbie Turner Gambrell concerning the number of verified signatures. The letter said 613 of the 657 signatures had been verified, far exceeding the required minimum of 330 names.
The press release says the petition committee circulated the petition as long as possible to allow registered voters the opportunity to sign it, but was still able to submit it to the Bell County Court Clerk’s Office prior to the date specified by Kentucky law.
The press release further stated per Kentucky law, the validation of the petition by the Bell County Court Clerk’s Office on Aug. 17, 2015, has immediately suspended the recallable nickel tax from being implemented until a vote can be held. The election date for voting on the recallable nickel tax will be set by the Bell County Court Clerk. The timing of the recallable nickel tax passage by the Middlesboro Board of Education coupled with the 45 days allowed to collect signatures will push the election to November of 2016.
The press release closes by noting an option the Middlesboro Board of Education has to request a Special Called Election just for the recallable nickel tax issue. Rather than waiting for the next General Election of November 2016, the board can make that request at their own expense — an estimated cost of $18,000 – $20,000.
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