Poorhouse Spring: First Tax Fruits

[imgbelt img=poorhouse-old-church520.jpg]How does a town with a population of 278 provide basics, like
sidewalks for schoolchildren? Mayor Wally Thomas explains it: Ewing,
Kentucky, is on a roll.


[imgcontainer left] [img:poorhousesidewalk320.jpg] [source]Tammy Thomas

Ewing’s schoolchildren have been walking to school in the street. With the town’s recent “windfall” and new tax revenues, sidewalks are coming soon.
Three thousand two hundred nine dollars and twenty-nine cents.  ($ 3,209.29)

That was the final tally for our first quarter of tax collections in Ewing, Kentucky (pop. 300) – the first independent income stream our town has had.

In January 2008, when Fleming County’s fiscal court opened the door for us to do so,  Ewing’s city council passed an insurance premium tax. We estimate that our annual income will be between $ 15,000.00 and $ 16,000.00.  (It looks as if revenues in three quarters of the year will be roughly equal, and one quarter will be almost double the others.)

It has been interesting to see the reports and checks come in from the various insurance companies.  There were many reports to review with no check included due to no activity within the city limits. Farm Bureau and State Farm submitted the two largest checks.  Other reports came in with checks for varying amounts, some as little as $ 1.40.  But it all adds up.  And after Elzie Price, the town treasurer, added it all up, the final tally was $ 3,209.29. 

The second quarter of 2008 brought us about $ 3,500.00 in income.  We are, to say the least, thrilled with our new funds.