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Mayor proposing to increase occupational tax to fund golf course

 New tonight, Owensboro's Hillcrest Golf Course might avoid the chopping block in the proposed 2015-2016 budget.  Mayor Ron Payne is proposing a plan to keep it open, asking tax payers to foot the bill by raising the occupational tax. The sidewalks outside Owensboro's city hall were quiet this afternoon. That's because organizers canceled today's "Save Hillcrest Golf Course" protest after Mayor Payne proposed a plan to keep it open.


The plan would raise the city's occupational tax point 10 percent. Owensboro City attorney Ed Ray says the increase will bring in an additional million dollars in new revenue. City officials say the funds will be used to cover Hillcrest's expenses and also provide funding for the construction of the International Bluegrass Music Center. Golfers and people living near Hillcrest Golf Course all say they hope it's a compromise that works.


First reading of the Mayor's proposed tax increase is expected to happen Tuesday. A date for second reading and a vote has not been announced.

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