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Bardstown City Council votes to leave city property tax rates the same as last year

By JIM BROOKS
Nelson County Gazette / WBRT Radio

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 — Taxpayers in the City of Bardstown will be paying the same real and personal property tax rates as they paid last year.

This means that if you’re property valuation assessment did not change, your city taxes will be the same as last year.

Leaving the rate the same — 17.9 cents per $100 of valuation — was the recommendation to the city council from both Tracey Hudson, the city’s chief financial officer, and Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton.

Leaving the tax rate the same will generate approximately $70,000 in additional tax revenue — revenue Heaton said would help offset inflation and higher salaries.

Last year’s tax rate for both real and personal property was set at 17.90 cents per $100 of value. Due to a substantial increase in assessments and new construction last year, that tax rate was lowered from the 2017 real and property tax rate of 18.2 cents per $100 value.

The council will need to schedule a public hearing because the tax rate will still generate more tax revenue than the rate generated in 2018.

In other business, the council:

— gave final approval to a new rate structure for the city cable TV and internet system. Those who subscribe to both services will see only minor changes in their combined bill.

— approved the promotion of Gary Little from interim city clerk to full-time city clerk.

— approved a resolution stating the city will accept two short roads that will be built at the intersection of KY 245 and US150 when the roadway is widened.

— approved a resolution correcting errors in a previous 2004 annexation description.

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