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Attention Johnson County School District Taxpayer

Dear Editor,

In an effort to make known the most recent and correct information, I want to inform you that in the coming weeks, you will be receiving a tax bill from the Johnson County Clerk’s office for the additional recallable nickel tax (5.7 cents per $100 of assessed value on real estate). As many of you know, Judge Preston ruled back in February that the recallable nickel tax was collectable and on Friday, May 1st ordered that bills on the additional tax be sent out. Additionally, the Kentucky Department of Education has indicated that Johnson County Schools proceed with collection of the recallable nickel.
As with all tax bills, they will be paid at the Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price’s office on the schedule indicated on the tax bill.
I also wish to correct a misconception. The recallable nickel tax is only on real estate property. Items such as vehicles, boats, ATVs, utilities and other such services are NOT taxed.
Johnson County Schools continue to be the most efficient district in the local area and provides the lowest tax rate at 45.3 cents per $100 of assessed value on real estate. Other local district tax rates include: Paintsville Ind. 88.7 cents; Floyd County 59.6 cents; Lawrence County 52 cents; Magoffin County 47.7 cents; Martin County 76 cents; Pike County 63.2 cents; Morgan County 52.9 cents and Pikeville Ind. 71.8 cents.
The recallable nickel will enable Johnson County Schools to continue to offer our students and community with buildings that are the envy of other districts and stand out as the safest and most modern facilities in our region. As we go forward, the vision for future facilities may include such projects as a new Meade Elementary School, a renovated or new high school, and the most up to date HVAC, electrical and energy efficient schools and buildings.
Our Johnson County Board of Education, and I as Superintendent, as well as each of you, have Great Expectations for our district in academics, athletics and all educational endeavors allowing our students to be college and / or career ready; along with being contributors not only today but in the future growth for Johnson County as a community and society. The modernization of current and new educational programs in our district such as STEM, Biomedical, Technology and other career oriented programs will allow our students to be the most prepared and workforce ready in the region, if not the state.
Again, as a distinguished school district, the recallable nickel tax will ensure that our students and teachers will have the facilities and resources to continually meet the high expectations set forth by our community and enable our students to compete in the global workforce.
As citizens of Johnson County, I hope you will help educate our community in the understanding that our students deserve the best and should always be our primary focus in investing in Johnson County and Kentucky’s future. As employees, parents and property owners in Johnson County, I encourage you to reach out to me if you have any questions.

Tom Salyer

Letters to the Editor
‘Hello, elected officials’

Dear Editor,
Our selected city and county officials should do their duty and issue a “litter fine of $500” for each election sign that is still littering the public byways, and those fines be issued to the local political party that sponsored the given candidates.
The election of November 2014 is way over, the results are in, and the winners have been determined. Does neglecting to do anything by our elected leaders suggest they condone the litter condition?
Jim Wilson
Paintsville, Ky.

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Thank you

Dear Editor,
On behalf of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the Johnson County Community Cares Committee, we would like to first thank all of our Plungers who braved the cold weather and freezing waters of Paintsville Lake to make our, “Community Cares: Penguin Plunge”, held on March 21, 2015 a great success. We would also like to thank all of our Sponsors and Community Members who volunteered their time in order to make this event possible.  Thanks to the generous Sponsors and donations, we were able to collect $2,000 for the Johnson County Special Olympics.
The Mission of the Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
This event was our First “Community Cares:  Penguin Plunge” and we deeply appreciate our Sponsors - Willard Arnold and Family, B & C Design,  Big Sandy Technical College CARE Club, Castle’s Jewelry, Chandlersville Lodge #858, East Kentucky Scuba Team, Girl Scouts Wilderness Road Council, Johnson County Rescue Squad, My Seasons Gift Shop, Mountain HomePlace, Paul B Hall Foundation, Mike, Sandy, Willie and Dee Rawlins and Van Lear Enterprise Baptist Church, and to our Community Members who volunteered - Tammy Ball, Michelle Blanton Spriggs, Kayla Cantrell, Lucinda Castle, Cheryl Endicott, Tammy Keel, Nancy Price, and Tina Webb.

Cheryl Endicott
Community Cares Committee Member

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Thank You

Dear Editor,
This year’s Fishing Swap Meet held at Johnson Central High School was a huge success. The community support for our event, as always, was phenomenal. I would like to thank the following sponsors for making the Fishing Swap Meet possible: Paintsville Tourism, The Bri-Den Co., Ferguson Excavating, Action Petroleum, McDonald’s, Appalachian Wireless, Foothills, Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC, Hutch Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Wildcat Tire, Ashland C&R Office Supply, Wal-Mart, M&M Power Sports, Pajad Transport, Dairy Queen, Highlands Foundation, Team Day Boat Sales, Advance Auto Parts, Pepsi and all the vendors. Without their support this community event would not have been possible. I would also like to commend the Fishing Club members for all their hard work. They are responsible for making this event so enjoyable.
Thanks again to all who helped, especially the faculty and staff at JCHS.
Jimmy Dean VanHoose
Sponsor of the JCHS Fishing Club
Paintsville, Ky.

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Middle not good enough

Dear Editor,
On D-Day, General Eisenhower did not tell his troops that we were going to defeat the Nazis so that we could cooperate with them. The order Eisenhower gave was to rid the earth of Hitler, his band of murderous thugs, and everything that they stood for.
In the November elections, America gave the Republicans a mandate to stop Obama and the Democrats from wrecking this country and we expect that this carnage be stopped and reversed. We now hear Republicans say that they want to cooperate with Obama so that he will move to the middle. Americans don’t want to hear this nonsense because Obama is a leftist who hates our Constitution and deliberately circumvents it.
Yours truly,
Robert A. Dahlquist
Orange, Calif.

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