The Leitchfield City Council was presented with the options for the 2015 city property tax rates during its regular meeting this past Tuesday, Sept. 8.
No decision was made regarding what the tax rates will be; however, Mayor William Thomason said the 2015 Property Tax Ordinance must be approved by Thursday, Oct. 1.
The City Council can choose one of the following three options:
The city can make no change in the tax rates from the previous year, which will result in a loss of $5,749.72.
It can take the compensating rate, which will decrease the real property tax rate from 12.1 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to 12.02 cents per $100 of assessed valuation and increase the personal property tax rate from 18.6 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to 20.06 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.
The compensating rate would earn the City of Leitchfield an estimated revenue of $34.41.
Or the city can approve a 4 percent increase in revenue from the previous year, which would increase the real property tax rate from 12.1 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to 12.5 cents per $100 of assessed valuation and the personal property rate from 18.6 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to 20.86 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.
The 4 percent increase in revenue would earn the city an estimated revenue of $16,079.63.
The City Council opted to table making a decision on the 2015 Property Tax Ordinance until its next meeting.
In other business:
*In a four-to-two vote, the City Council approved the purchase of a new truck for Leitchfield Public Works Director Sheila Puckett.
Puckett said the truck would likely cost about $32,000, which, while not budgeted for this fiscal year, can be covered by money left over in the Public Works department’s budget.
Prior to the vote, Thomason said, “Personally, I don’t think it’s a good decision to buy a new truck.”
Thomason also said that additional money earned by city departments goes to the general fund, not to the departments.
City Councilmember Harold Miller motioned to deny the purchase of the truck; however, due to lack of a second, the motion died.
Then, City Councilmember Raymond “Tooty” Cottrell motioned to purchase the truck. The motion passed on a four-to-two vote.
Puckett said that while the truck will help her “greatly” in her job, she also intends for it to be passed down after she retires.
“I think she needs it,” said City Councilmember Margaret Fey, who voted to approve the purchase of the truck.
*The City Council approved the purchase of one mobile 50 watt, 128 channel, dual band transceiver for a Leitchfield Fire Department vehicle.
The transceiver, which is being purchased from B&B Electronics for $400, will replace a mobile radio that no longer functions in Leitchfield Fire Chief Tim Duvall’s 1999 Jeep.
*The City Council voted to table the second and final reading of the city fireworks ordinance until its next meeting because it was noticed that the ordinance does not, in its current form, outline a penalty for violation of the ordinance.
*Patricia Collard, of Pine View Nursery, requested that the city notify the public when the fog truck will be out spraying.
Puckett said this information can be posted on the city website.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.