In Oct. 22 Issue
Residents of Jamestown will see somewhat lower property taxes this year, according to an ordinance that set the tax rate for the 2009-10 fiscal year at October's Jamestown City Council meeting.
The Jamestown real and personal property tax rate was set at 16 cents per $100 of assessed value.
The amount is down nearly a cent from last year's rate of .167, according to Jamestown Mayor Brooks Bates.
All taxes paid on or before December 31 will receive a two percent discount from the total face value of the tax bill and all taxes paid after January 31 of next year will incur a penalty of 10 percent in addition to the tax payable.
In other happenings at the meeting:
• City leaders heard the first reading of two annexation ordinances in the Fairoaks Drive area in 1984 and Townview Estates area in 1987.
"These two ordinances deal more with semantics than anything," Bates said. "These will clean up these annexation ordinances."
The Jamestown City Council met in special session this past Tuesday to hear the second reading on the ordinances, thus making them official.
Bates said finalizing these specific issues, including GPS mapping, had been in the works for six years.
• The council amended the city's budget by $3,000 to cover transmission and other mechanical repairs to Jamestown's garbage truck.
• Bates announced that the Jamestown Water Treatment Plant dedication ceremony will be held on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. at the plant at 390 Waterworks Rd.
The mayor said state senator Vernie McGaha and state representative Jeff Hoover would be the keynote speakers at the dedication.
• Councilwoman and Lakefest Chair Marcelene Taylor said the Lakefest committee had chosen to keep the celebration in Jamestown rather than move the festivities to the fairgrounds in Russell Springs.
The city will accept help from Russell Springs for the celebration and, in return, help the city of Russell Springs with their endeavors, according to Taylor.
Taylor said there would be another Lakefest committee meeting on Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. at city hall. And asked for anyone interested in helping out with the event to attend.
• Bates said Jamestown resident Clifton Taylor would be working as a census taker during the 2010 census in the area.
• The mayor also commended Jamestown Fire Chief Tony Wright for recently receiving a promotion within the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. Bates said Wright would be supervisor over a five-county area that includes Adair, Cumberland, Green, Taylor and Marion counties.
"We're always glad when one of ours does well," Bates said. "He will also remain as our fire chief."