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Bardstown keeps its property tax rate unchanged

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By Randy Patrick

The Bardstown City Council gave final approval Tuesday to property tax rates that will remain unchanged for the third year.

City legislators, after the second reading of the ordinance, voted unanimously to keep the rates at 18.2 cents per $100 of assessed value for real estate, 19.1 cents for personal property and 24 cents for cars, trucks and boats for the 2018 fiscal year that began July 1 and runs through June 30, 2018.

The taxes, applied to thousands of dollars of property, would mean for example, that at $1.82 per $1,000, a nearly average $150,000 house in Nelson County would have a tax bill of $273, and a 24-cent tax would mean $36 for a $15,000 car.

The city was able to avoid raising its tax rates to pay for increased costs of city services because of a $45 million increase in the property tax assessments, most of it due to new growth and expansion.

The city may waive property tax bills of $10 or less. Taxes paid after Oct. 31 will include a 10 percent penalty, plus 1 percent per month thereafter, and a 2 percent fee will be levied on any payment of tax bills using a credit card.

PATH Narcan grant

The Bardstown Fire Department has been granted $4,000 from the Kentucky Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) program to train firefighters on how to administer naloxone, a drug that stops and reverses the effects opioid drug overdoses.

The training will also involve city police.

The grant is through the PATH Coalition (Prevention Advocates for Public Health).

Wilma Sorrell, representing the local PATH group, presented Mayor Dick Heaton a certificate commending the Fire Department and training officer Scott Lawson for doing the training.

PATH was also able to purchase for the Bardstown Police Department about 1,000 small sharps containers to safely dispose of dirty needles when officers find them discarded by heroin addicts and other intravenous drug users.

Purple Purse Challenge

Marjorie Amon, a VISTA and Homes for all empowerment resources specialist, and Whitney Reynolds, an AmeriCorps program administrator, spoke on behalf of the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence to promote the Purple Purse Challenge Oct. 2-31.

The campaign, sponsored by the Allstate Foundation, provides money for 15 domestic violence shelters, including SpringHaven in Elizabethtown.

Amon said domestic violence victims are often victims of financial abuse, and the funds raised by the campaign provides money for counseling, loans and other assistance to “get on their feet and stay independent,” she said.

Councilwoman Kecia Copeland mentioned that there would be a luncheon Oct. 26 at My Old Kentucky Home Country Club.

“It will be informative — things you haven’t heard, personal stories,” said Copeland, who mentioned that she is a survivor of domestic violence. Everyone knows someone who has experienced it, she added.

“This is like a disease really,” she said, and urged other city officials to get involved.

Craft Beer Festival

The city approved a request from Next Gen Nelson Co. Inc. requesting recognition of its annual Craft Beer Festival as a sanctioned event and permission to close East Flaget Street between Second and Third.

The festival will be 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Bardstown Farmers Market.