SHEPHERDSVILLE – It is always good when you can announce that a tax rate is decreasing.

            And it is even more pleasant news when you can announce it at the time you are getting ready to open a new $10.5 million facility.

            Jennifer Nippert, assistant director of the Bullitt County Public Library system, brought the annual update to Bullitt Fiscal Court on its tax rate.

            And, despite the expense of building a new main library, Nippert said that the library board was able to do something which hasn’t been done in a while – lower its tax rate.

            The library board voted to accept the compensating rate.

            That means that the real property tax rate will drop from 6.2 cents per $100 of assessed property to 6 cents when bills are sent out later this month.

            For a $100,000 home, the annual tax paid for the library system would drop from $62 to $60.

            On personal property, the rate will drop from 8.9 cents to 6.04 cents.

            Nippert said that the library system has been able to do a lot of great things recently, including the Sept. 17 ribbon cutting for the Central Library.

            (See today’s B section for a preview of the Central Library and information on the ceremonies this Saturday from 2-4 p.m. The Central Library is located on Conestoga Parkway in Shepherdsville between the government center and Lowe’s.)

            The court unanimously accepted the tax rate proposed by the library board.

            In other business:

            *The court heard first readings on several rezoning requests with  no opposition from the public.

            Jim Beam Brands Co. is seeking to complete the rezoning on a 5-acre tract located in the middle of property it already owns.

            If the court approves, the entire property off Samuels Farm Lane would be IL Light Industrial.

            Linda Cole is seeking approval to rezone 11.9 acres in the county from Agricultural and R-3 Residential to B-1 Highway Business.

            Her hope is to establish a tiny home community and an RV park on property that was part of her father’s estate. Clarence W. Shepherd’s property is located on Highway 44 West across from the VFW Post.

            In the initial phase, she could see 10-13 tiny homes and parking for 30-35 RV trailers.

            Flooding concerns by neighbors were voiced at the planning commission hearing but no one attended the fiscal court meeting.

            And Keith and Sherry Hurt are seeking to rezone seven acres off Collings Hill Road from Agricultural to R-1 Residential with the plan to give their son  a couple of acres to build a home.

            Final readings and a vote would be held at the Sept. 20 meeting.

            *The court approved spending over $70,000 on three projects to improve the Central Dispatch operations. The improvements would include battery backups for the six computer units, electrical upgrades and HVAC improvements to keep the units cool.

            *County employees will keep their Humana insurance policies.

            The court agreed to renew its policy through Brown Insurance.

            *Mount Washington mayor Barry Armstrong thanked the county road department and the fiscal court for the assistance on projects in his city.

            Through interlocal agreements, the county will supply the labor and equipment to do projects, such as road resurfacing, and the city pays the cost of material.

            Armstrong said the county crew did an excellent job on the resurfacing work.

            To help the road department, fiscal court agreed to purchase a 2019 model asphalt roller at a cost of $102,000.

            *Robin Gehlbach inquired when the comprehensive land-use plan would be updated.

            The document is to be updated or reapproved every five years.

            County Judge/Executive Jerry Summers said that there is money set aside for the revision later this year when a new planning administrator is  hired.

            The Bullitt County Fiscal Court will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the courthouse. The public is invited.