Debate continues over Pike County government petition


By Kendra Mahon - [email protected]



PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Assistant Pike County Judge Executive Brian Morris was pushed into the spotlight last week when a Facebook post by Pike Countians Against Government Waste took a misprint in a newspaper article and used it to their advantage.

The article which ran in the Williamson Daily News on August 12 inadvertently stated as Mr.Morris said “the move would save taxpayers money.”

When the article should have read (Greg) Blankenship said “the move would save taxpayers money.”

Greg Blankenship a representative for Pike Countians Against Government Waste presented the court with a petition at the August 2 Pike County Fiscal Court meeting, asking the court to add a resolution to the November ballot giving citizen’s the right to vote to replace the six magistrates with three commissioners.

On August 10, Pike County clerk, Rhonda Taylor certified more than 2,000 signatures on that petition.

Before anything can be put to a vote, a petition needs at least 1,200 signatures from registered voters.

Majority of those came from a previous petition, the local political action committee gave to the fiscal court last year.

The new petition had less than 900 signatures.

Taylor said because the old petition did not have a date on it the signatures are still valid.

Pike County Court Clerk Rhonda Taylor certified two petitions, which would allow the question to be added to the ballot in November.

In a turn of events during the August 16 fiscal court meeting officials questioned the legality of using them.

Howard Keith Hall, the county attorney wonders if a circuit court should make the decision.

“The county clerk is casting issue,” Hall said. “She thinks, and she’s looked up quite a bit of law and it’s her position that maybe these two petitions shouldn’t have been counted together.

So, that’s one of the reasons I thought about putting it before the circuit court.”

Hall is not sure if his office will take legal action.

Individually, the two petitions do not have enough certified signatures to put the question on the ballot.

By Kendra Mahon

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Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext. 2278.

Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext. 2278.

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