Leitchfield sets 2016 tax rates

By Matt Lasley - [email protected]

The Leitchfield City Council approved the second and final reading of its 2016 Property Tax Rates Ordinance on Thursday, Sept. 29.

Due to lack of a quorum for the regularly scheduled Monday, Oct. 3 City Council meeting, a special meeting was held on Thursday to set the city tax rates.

Per the ordinance, which the City Council voted to approve, there will be an ad valorem tax for 2016 of 12.0 cents for each $100.00 valuation of motor vehicles; 21.316 cents for each $100.00 valuation of other personal property; and 12.225 cents for each $100.00 valuation of all lands, improvements, held or owned by any person, firm, company, corporation, or association in his, hers, their, or its name, or a fiduciary or agent and subject to taxation under the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky located in the City of Leitchfield.

These property tax rates allow for a 4 percent increase in city revenue, which was budgeted for 2016.

The ordinance states that taxes will be due and payable 30 days after the tax bill has been mailed.

Any tax bill not paid 30 days thereafter will be declared delinquent and subject to a 6 percent penalty with interest at the rate of 6 percent per annum until paid.

Taxes paid prior to 30 days from the date tax bills are mailed will be allowed a 2 percent discount.

Taxes may be paid at Leitchfield City Hall, located at 314 West White Oak St., during regular business hours.

Taxes received will be deposited into the City of Leitchfield’s general fund to be utilized for general municipal purposes as determined by the City Council, according to the ordinance.

In other business:

*The City Council approved a request from Nick Ramsey, of Nick’s School of Rock, to close the parking spaces on Leitchfield Public Square from Nick’s School of Rock to Discount Interiors for Ramsey’s Scare on the Square event.

The parking spaces will be closed from 5 p.m. until the end of the event, and a car barrier will be set up to secure the area.

The event is tentatively scheduled for Friday, Oct. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.

*The City Council approved the purchase of 250 8.5” by 5” “No Smoking” signs at the cost of $83.50. The city will provide the signage for free to businesses that will be affected by the ordinance prohibiting smoking from enclosed public places.

*The City Council approved a request from Richie Sanders for proposals for a project to connect Kentucky Highways 259 South and 54.

City Attorney Kenneth Smart said this project may involve property acquisition.

*The City Council approved the second and final reading of an ordinance rezoning the property at 301 William Thomason Byway from a P-1 (Public Institutional) to a C-1 (Highway Business).

*The City Council approved the second and final reading amending the city’s Limited Restaurant (Moist) ordinance to be compliant with its new “Wet” ordinance.

*The City Council approved two change orders from Alliza Sod Farms for the Ball Park Complex project.

By Matt Lasley

[email protected]

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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