New voting equipment and pickleball courts approved during Warren Fiscal Court meeting

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- To ensure our elections are more secure than ever, the Warren County Fiscal Court approved funding Friday morning for a brand new, state of the art, ballot counter.

According to Warren County Clerk Lynette Yates, the Verity voting system is one of the newest and most secure devices on the market. Around 10 other Kentucky counties use it.

Magistrates voted unanimously to spend just over $17,000 to purchase the system.

Yates says the county is in desperate need of the new device. It has been 11 years since the county purchased new voting equipment and Yates says they have been forced to spend a lot of money on repairs to the current EScan voting machine.

The Verity system will be used for absentee ballots in the November election before the county decides to move forward with purchasing more.

Also at Friday’s meeting, magistrates voted unanimously to create the county’s first outdoor pickleball courts.

The four courts will be located at Basil Griffin Park and will occupy one of the basketball courts.

The price tag for the project is right around $25,000.

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country and according to the USA Pickleball Association, the sport has seen a 650% increase in the number of players over the last six years.

Magistrates also voted Friday to keep the property tax rate at 14.5 cents per $100 of assessed value. There has not been a property tax rate increase in the last 10 or 11 years according to Judge-Executive Michael Buchanon.