Tempers Flare at Raceland City Council Meeting

By: John Mulvaney Email
By: John Mulvaney Email

RACELAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Tempers flared Tuesday night during a Raceland City Council meeting when a payroll tax was discussed.

Railroad union official Woody Lane and Raceland Councilman Mike Wilson almost came to blows in the lobby after the council passed an amended 1 percent payroll tax.

A 2 percent tax was passed earlier this year but never enforced. Even with the tax cut in half, no one seems happy. The city's two biggest employers -- Progressive Rail and Raceland Schools -- said they feel targeted by the tax.

Mayor Don McKee and the Council said the tax could help save a their struggling city. One of the reasons for all of the anger is that McKee and City Council have not gone on record to say what the tax revenue will be used for. Because the tax was amended, the ordinance will have to be read one more time -- at 6 p.m. Monday before it goes into effect.

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