In an unprecedented move, the Kentucky League of Cities bestowed its annual "Big Hitter for Kentucky Cities" award on a pair of recipients: Rep. Rob Wilkey of Scottsville and Sen. Damon Thayer of Georgetown."Given the major contributions that both Rep. Wilkey and Sen. Thayer made to improve the quality of life in Kentucky's cities, we felt both should receive this award," said Sylvia Lovely, CEO and executive director of KLC. Wilkey and Thayer received their awards Oct. 5 during the KLC Annual Convention and Expo at the Lexington Convention Center. The event, held Oct. 4-7, has attracted more than 800 delegates, public officials, and exhibitors.
Thayer, who is chairman of the State and Local Government Committee, had a number of issues reach his committee that were detrimental to cities, and his leadership assured that these issues did not harm Kentucky cities. Thayer also helped fashion a compromise in a bill that reduces the requirements of cities to publish notices in newspapers.He also recently co-chaired the Local Government Tax Task Force that made favorable recommendations regarding KLC's constitutional amendment proposal for local government tax reform. Thayer, who supports tax equity for the horse industry, is expected to work on legislation for that cause with the Kentucky Equine Education Project during the 2007 General Assembly session.