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COMING UP Oil ambitions Central wins Thwarted by Obama decision, Canada looking toward China with pipeline project. See the Sunday Reader. Today SPORTS Dragons halt Purples’ nine-game win streak with 76-71 victory. Page 1B DAILY NEWS Park City Rain, then clearing 43/28 Details, Page 2A Year 157 – No. 28, 52 Pages, 3 Sections SATURDAY JANUARY 28, 2012 www.bgdailynews.com Bowling Green, Kentucky REDISTRICTING: WARREN COUNTY Maps raise costs, confusion Officials: Number of Warren County precincts might climb from 64 to more than 100 By JENNA MINK The Daily News jmink@bgdailynews.com/783-3246 Warren County officials are grappling with new state House and Senate district boundaries, which they project will cause voter confusion and cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in new precinct costs. The 2010 census necessitated some changes, and Gov. Steve Beshear signed a law last week that redraws district lines that basically criss-cross state and local districts in Warren County. The House and Senate approved the boundaries before they went to the governor for his signature. But the new map has left local officials puzzled as they try to reconfigure voter precincts a few months before the May primary. “We’re not sure they realized the financial implications to the taxpayers and to the county,” Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon said. “We’re not sure they realized the implications to the voters – the inconvenience and confusion it’s going to cause the voters.” Under the new district lines, many voters will be forced to venture to different poll locations and some will travel farther than they’re used to. Some new precincts have no homes in them, and others have one or two residents, Warren County Clerk Dot Owens said. The new lines split subdivisions, so some next-door neighbors will be in different precincts, Owens said. The new lines even split some houses, and county officials are not sure how that’s going to work. But they do know that it’s going to cost money. Under the old boundaries, Warren County had 64 precincts, but there could be more than 100 under the new district lines. And that number could range from 100 to 150 or more, officials say. For now, the number of new precincts – and which voters are in those precincts – is unclear. But the clerk’s office must know by Feb. 9, the deadline for filing precinct information with the state, Owens said. “Some of this, I think is just carelessness.” Mike Buchanon Warren County judge-executive Each precinct can cost up to $20,000 to prepare for elections. That cost includes voting machines, staff, building rentals, voter ballots and other items, Owens said. See WARREN, 6A HOLLEY PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS Residents Against Drugs BGPD Officer Jan Tuttle Expansion plan could add 136 jobs Preliminary OK given for tax credits By ROBYN L. MINOR The Daily News rminor@bgdailynews.com/783-3249 Holley Performance Products received preliminary approval Thursday for tax credits affiliated with a proposed expansion of the Bowling Green plant. The plant could receive up to $3.1 million in various tax credits for the proposed expansion that is estimated at $7.78 million, according to documents from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority. Holley, which is owned by High Performance Industries, has 256 employees companywide and must maintain at least that level, the documents said. Holley Senior Vice President Terry Rutledge said the proposed expansion is needed to accommodate a purchase made last year by High Performance Industries – Demon Carburetion – as well as to handle increased production in its other lines. Rutledge said the business will be ramping up over the next 12 months. The increased production could mean up to 136 new jobs. See HOLLEY, 6A Photos by Joe Imel/Daily News Debbie Kirby (left) of Bowling Green greets Bowling Green Police Department Officer Jan Tuttle on Friday at the Hospitality House. Tuttle is the newest Residents Against Drugs officer. The RAD program assigns a city police officer to Housing Authority of Bowling Green properties. The properties include the Summit View, Angora Court, Phenix Place and Bryant Way apartment complexes. The RAD officer also serves as the department’s liaison officer to Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School. ‘I like being able to change the mindset of people about police’ By DEBORAH HIGHLAND The Daily News dhighland@bgdailynews.com/783-3243 ust a few hours into his shift in the area around the Housing Authority of Bowling Green, city police Officer Jan Tuttle has visited with an elderly woman living in government housing, talked to another resident who is being harassed on her cellphone and served a criminal summons on a man wanted for a sex-related charge. ••• While many of Tuttle’s duties are just like any other officer’s, his new assignment is one of a kind. On Jan. 16, the Bowling Green Police Department assigned Tuttle as the new Residents Against Drugs officer working in the city’s public housing neighborhoods. Tuttle takes over the job vacated by Danny Groves, who left to work for another law enforcement agency. Tuttle, a 10-year Bowling Green police veteran, is the only RAD officer in the city’s ranks, a job that is part policing and part image making. CITY GOVERNMENT STRATEGIC PLANNING Officials focus on city’s goals, needs for year By ANDREW ROBINSON The Daily News arobinson@bgdailynews.com/783-3242 Bowling Green Police Department Officer Jan Tuttle talks Friday to residents at the Hos- The Bowling Green Board of Commissioners will continue to focus on a growth in city revenues without a raise in taxes, as well as continuing to maintain the city’s services. Those were the main priorities that came out of a daylong strategic planning session Friday at Sloan Convention Center. The meeting gave commissioners and senior management an opportunity to discuss and prioritize what the city wants to accomplish over the next year, as well as the next several years. “There are a lot of issues that come up in the city immediately that need to be addressed,” Mayor Bruce Wilkerson said. “What the beauty of these sessions is, is we get to look beyond the immediate needs that confront the City Commission.” For the most part, the discussions were a carryover from last year. There were few issues that were first brought up Friday. See HOUSING, 6A pitality House. Tuttle is the only Residents Against Drugs officer in the city department. Opinion 75¢ Newsstand 33¢ Daily Home Delivery Wellness Obama, SEAL Team 6 are praised after daring rescue of two hostages. Seminar teaches children and adults about making healthier food choices. 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