Springfield City Council will host a public hearing prior to their Sept. 10 meeting date to discuss real estate and personal property tax rates for 2013.
The current rate, which sits at 13.933 cents per $100 of assessment, brings in $182,995,620 for the city of Springfield. The allowable revenue increase of four percent, means the city has the option to change the rate to 14.49, which would result in $10,797 toward Springfield’s budget.
City Administrator Laurie Smith said that if the change were to take place, the average increase per household would be a contribution of $7.60 per year. Smith said it is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly, as the tax rate has stayed the same during 33 of her 34 years with the city.
“We sort of boasted that we had the lowest property tax rate in Kentucky, then when we had budget woes, we weren’t so proud of the fact that we had the lowest tax rate when we were seeing communities adjacent to us with rates 10 or 15 percent more than ours,” she said.
Smith also reported that a loan closing with Rural Development has been completed, and that a groundbreaking for the new Washington County Fire Protection Association building will be held on Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. on West Main Street.
African American Festival recap
Springfield Tourism Commission Executive Director Kathy Elliott thanked city council for its involvement with the recent African American Heritage Festival, and indicated that the 10th year of the celebration was its most successful yet.
A’Marria Linton and India Young shared the award for winning the 10-and-under talent show at the festival. Lydia Smith won the 11-18-year-old category, followed by Jeffrey Yocum and Michael Wright in second and Gracie Graves in third.
Jessica Miller of Louisville won the Springfield Adventure Package, which had more than 500 registrants. The package included a night’s stay at The Cinnamon House Bed and Breakfast, two tickets to Honky Tonk Angels and two tickets for tours at Makers Mark Distillery.
Little League state tournament
Plans were revealed last week that Idle Hour Park Director Bernard Smalley is working on plans to host the girls’ Little League state tournament in 2014. Idle Hour Park will also host the boys’ district tournament for seven days prior to the state tournament.
According to Smith’s report, Smalley plans to approach the Springfield Tourism Commission about funding, and is working to gather a committee to plan the event.
The tournament would take place over nine days in early June, and could include 25 teams. More plans are expected to be revealed in coming months.
WCHS Alumni football game - Aug. 24
Jim Beam BBQ Classic - Oct. 4-5
Harvest Festival - Oct. 5
Bourbon Chase - Oct. 18-19
Frankenstein by CKCT, Inc. - Oct. 25-27, Nov. 1-3
Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival - Dec. 7