Christian Fiscal Court approved final reading of its property tax ordinance this morning, which includes a very slight increase to maintain revenue levels.
The increase equals an extra two dollars on the bill of an owner of a 100-thousand dollar property. Christian County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble says he thought it was important to keep the same level of money coming in to not take a step backward.
The City of Hopkinsville and Todd County Fiscal Court were able to increase revenue while keeping their property tax rates the same. Judge Tribble says the state looks at assessments and uses a formula to set tax rate options—and the numbers didn’t play out as well for the county.
The tax rate for tangible property actually decreased by three cents per 100 dollars of assessed value, according to Treasurer Walter Cummings. In other action, court entered an agreement with the City of Hopkinsville to use a revenue stream only available to Fiscal Court to re-pave East 21st Street, which has seen a considerable increase in traffic.
The work being done to make the proposed Oak Grove Village project a reality is happening with a pen and paper for now.
Oak Grove Director of Public Works Bill Chaudoin says now that the county has approved tax increment financing incentives, the next step is to wait for state officials to make an assessment of the project.
Once the state knows how much it will be on the hook for through its incentives, Chaudoin says the developer should have everything in place to get started.
The proposed development could include a shopping mall, some sort of amusement park, restaurants and even housing. The state, county and city have all approved tax incentives to make the project a reality.
The two Trigg County teens reported missing over the weekend were located this morning in Alabama.
A news release from Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam says Quentin Bird and Brittany Shafer were found at a rest stop by the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama.
The parents of both youths were immediately contacted and they headed to Alabama to pick up their children. Sheriff Burnam said his department had not spoken to the teens, so no other information was immediately available.
A man was arrested outside of Hobby Lobby in Clarksville Monday afternoon on indecent exposure charges.
Clarksville Police were called to the Wilma Rudolph Boulevard business after a 28-year old woman and her children witnessed a man in his vehicle exposing his privates as they were leaving.
The suspect soon left, but returned and allegedly continued with the same conduct. An officer approached the truck from behind and knocked on the suspect’s window. Police say 25-year old Jose Luis Ortiz of Canby, Oregon stopped the conduct at that time and was arrested.
Hopkinsville Police are investigating after a dog was shot and injured on North Main Street.
John Young told city police that his dog was shot by a pellet or BB gun in the front right shoulder sometime Friday.
No suspects are listed on the report, but the investigation continues.