Shelbyville decreases property tax

By Tammy Shaw

Shelbyville City Council approved a property tax reduction at its Sept. 1 meeting at city hall.

If passed by the council, real property tax rates will reduce by 3.3 percent from 27 cents per $100 value to 26.1 cents per $100 of real property assessed value.

Taxes will lower from 27 cents to 26.1 cents for each $100 of assessed value of real property within city limits, and an ad valorem tax of 35.57 cents on each $100 of assessed value on taxable personal property was also approved.

Payments are due Nov. 30 and must be paid at Shelbyville City Hall, 315 Washington St.

Delinquent payments will incur 6 percent per annum of interest from Dec. 1 until the bill is paid, plus a 10 percent penalty.

Fire and police and equipment

The council approved up to $750,000 from ARPA federal funding due to COVID to purchase a new fire-rescue pumper truck for Shelbyville Fire Department. This apparatus will replace an aging 2003 fire engine, which is reportedly experiencing increased maintenance costs.

The council also approved up to $930,000 in ARP SLFRF to buy new equipment and services to upgrade the police and fire departments’ VHF/UHF communication system.

The council also:

• heard that City Engineer Jennifer Decker is working on a contract for engineering and design of the Shelbyville Conference & Visitor’s Center storage building.

• heard that the city is working through an issue on the sidewalk on Warrior’s Way sidewalk from West Middle School to Painted Stone Elementary. Parts of the sidewalk were replaced. Then it rained, so it was replaced again.

• Heard that the annual Household Hazardous Waste event will be Oct 8 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. near Planet Fitness and Hardee’s on Midland Trial. The list of accepted and prohibited items is same as last year.

• Heard that public works is working with the parks system to rehab the Lake Shelby bathhouse with ARPA funds. Bleachers were removed from Daniel Field due to potential injury at the request of Shelbyville Parks Director Matt Mattingly; Weissinger path paving will begin soon; public works is preparing for Celebration of Lights; and lights will start going up before Halloween, as usual each year.

• Heard paving of U.S. 60/KY 53 will begin this fall and is scheduled for completion by Nov. 15, and Herrell is working with the state to address a pavement dip by the board of education.

• Heard Mike Zoeller’s request to change traffic light synchronization at KY 53 and Osprey Cove due to backups on the main road.

• Heard that the police and fire services are trying to recruit. “There is a shortage nationwide,” police Chief Bruce Gentry said, due to retirements and burnout. The departments are working on retention of more seasoned officers and firefighters to train the younger folks coming in. Lateral moves are difficult, fire Chief Rob Rothenburger said. “The economy is so good, they can go anywhere.”

• The fire training center is completed, and Rothenburger invited the police department to use the facility too.

• Approved a donation of $3,000 from the city to Shelby County Industrial Development Foundation for its Manufacturing Month events.

• Approved an ordinance adopting a budget amendment for Fiscal Year July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023.

• Approved an ordinance to annex real property to the city at 784 Ardmore Lane and adopting a zone change recommended by Triple S Planning & Zoning.

• Reviewed a report from Weissinger Hills Golf from course management.