Henderson Board of Commissioners Finalizes Tax Rate, Passes 1st Reading of Ordinance Annexing Property on US 41-A

HENDERSON, KY, September 13, 2016– The second and final reading of an ordinance setting the 2016 property tax rate was passed Tuesday night at the Henderson Board of Commissioners regular meeting.

According to City of Henderson Public Information Officer Donna Stinnett, the commission elected to use the compensating rate on real property only, a lower rate than the allowable 4-percent increase. No public hearing was required for this action.

The rate is set at 61 cents per $100 of market value (a 2 cent increase) on real property and 81.8 cents (no increase) on personal property.

The levy will generate $312,529 additional revenue to the City of Henderson.

The 2016 tax bill is due in full on Jan. 3. Payment prior to the end of business on Nov. 16 will result in a 1 percent discount.

The commission also approved on first reading an ordinance that would annex approximately 41 acres on U.S. 41-Alternate. Forty-one property owners requested the “friendly” annexation.

The action comes after the Henderson City-County Planning Commission reclassified the zones in the proposed annexation at its Sept. 6 meeting from county to city zoning categories. Zones in the 41 acres include Medium Density Residential, Highway Commercial, Heavy Industrial and Residential Mobile Home.

The commission conducted these other items of business:

–  Approved the location for the Admiral Husband Kimmel statue being installed by the Henderson War Memorial Group. Statue will be located on riverfront near the Four Freedoms flags. The statue is being designed by artist Raymond Graf of Louisville, who also designed the Audubon bird sculptures and the John James Audubon sculpture.

–  Tabled the first reading of an ordinance defining merchants’ use of the sidewalk in the Central Business District to make some revisions and passed the first reading of an ordinance about operating mobile food units on City property. On final passage, food trucks would be allowed in The Depot Community Room parking lot, East End Park and Atkinson Park.

–  Passed resolutions accepting a $1 million grant for a runway extension project at the Henderson City-County Airport and authorizing participation in the Kentucky Pride Litter Abatement Grant Program.

–  Approved the execution of a gas supply contract with the Public Energy Authority of Kentucky.

–  Heard a report from City Manager Russell Sights about the rezoning of the Player’s Club Golf Course Area located on Wolf Hill Boulevard. The Planning Commission has recommended a rezoning of the 5.688-acre tract. The City Commission is expected to consider the rezoning at the Sept. 27 meeting.

–  Heard a report from Downtown Henderson Partnership on a “parklet” project and a presentation about progress on the Borax Drive Economic Development Plan.

–  Mayor Steve Austin issued proclamations designating Sept. 11-17 as National Assisted Living Week and Sept. 16 as The American Legion Day.

The next meeting of the Board of Commissioners is 5:30 p.m., Sept. 27, in the Assembly Room. A work session is set for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20, starting at the Municipal Service Center under renovation and continuing in the Assembly Room.

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