(Leitchfield, KY) – In a quick meeting of the Leitchfield City Council Monday evening the council heard the second reading of the 2010 Property Tax Rates. The council voted to leave the tax rates as the same rates for last year, forfeiting the 4% increase or compensating rate. The tax rates are set as 11.5 cents per $100 of assessed value of real property and 16.8 cents of $100 of assessed value o f personal property. The city will gain $867.90 in real property taxes next year but they will show a $5,114 loss in personal property taxes since personal property depreciates in value each year.
The council also heard the second reading of a rezoning ordinance for 702 Dixie Avenue. The rezoning will change the residence from R-2 residential to B-1 small business.
Industrial Recruiter Dudley Cooper approached the council after the previous council meeting erupted in discussion from Councilman Jerry Schlosser and visitors about Coopers accomplishments over the past two years and if the money spent by the council had proved to be beneficial. Cooper gave a few updates of what he had recently been working on saying he and Mayor William Thomason had been working with a company that could create 125 new jobs for the city depending on some state funding issues and other variables.
Cooper also said he had been working with TVA who would be looking at the old Leitchfield Plastics building on Tuesday. The 90,000 square foot building has been listed with a Louisville reality company since the plastics company moved. Cooper said it would make great sense to relocate another plastic company here and he has been concentrating on that effort. He also said he had recently been in Washington at the invitation of another civic group, who paid for his travel expenses, but decided to stay an additional day to speak with Andrea Lipstack, who is part of Mitch McConnell’s staff and reviews budget items and infrastructure funding on behalf of Senator McConnell. Cooper spoke with Liptack about the city’s $4 million water intake project in the Rough River area and advised the council they needed to focus on one project and keep that in the front of the Senator’s mind to possibly quicken funding for the project. Cooper said he didn’t know if the city would receive funding for the project this year but was optimistic about the cities chances in the future. Cooper also spent time with Congressman Brett Guthrie while in Washington.
Cooper was asked by visitor Ann Huff how many jobs he had created since he had been in the recruiting position for the past two years. Cooper said he didn’t want to take credit for any jobs that have been created or called back but said he had remained available for the local businesses and has offered his best ideas to them to retain and create jobs and gave kudos to the council and other bodies who have a hand in retaining local jobs. Cooper also said he has used his connection in Frankfort and Washington in his position to benefit Grayson County businesses. Cooper said the city keeps a list of how many employees each business has on a monthly basis that anyone could obtain a copy of to be able to visibly see the numbers over the past years.
The council is also seeking to replace a vacant seat on the Leitchfield Planning and Zoning Committee; a seat left open by Dr. Brett Abney. If you are interested in the position you are asked to drop off your resume to the Leitchfield City Hall before October 15th. The council advised they had already received one application.
The Leitchfield City Council is taking resumes to replace a vacant seat on the Leitchfield Planning and Zoning Committee…the seat will fill a vacant seat left by Doctor Brett Abney…the council will accept resumes until October 15th…they have received only one so far…if you are interested you can drop off your resume at city hall.
Leitchfield City Council members decided to forfeit the 4% increase in real and personal property taxes this year. The council chose to accept the same rates as last year, which is 11.5 cents per $100 of assed value of real property and 16.8 cents of $100 of assed value o f personal property. The city will gain $867.90 in real property taxes next year but they will show a $5,114 loss in personal property taxes.