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Florence Maintains Tax Rates, Celebrates Y'all Star Game Announcement

Florence City Council decided Tuesday night to keep tax rates the same as they have been for the last eight years.

The tax rate on real property is $18.2 cents per $100, and $30.4 cents per $100 for personal or tangible property. Florence has no tax on motor vehicles or watercraft. In addition, the city levies a tax of 6.4 cents per $100 on all real and personal property outside of motor vehicles and watercraft, and on all franchises taxable by the city for the purposes of payment of the city's obligations for current service costs for police and firemen in the county employees' retirement system.

"I want to point out that this is the exact same rate for eight years running now," said Mayor Diane Whalen.

Tuesday was the first reading of the ordinance. A second is required.

A municipal order was passed affirming the recommendation of the Boone County Planning Commission for the denial of the request to allow the elimination of a previous condition which required single family attached dwelling units to be owner occupied. Apparently the owners of the property, Anabasis, LLC, had Hills Developers, Inc. to request the elimination of the previous condition so that the buildings on the property could be used as rental property. The land in question is 11.586 acres generally located at the terminus of Pointe Preston Drive at Plantation Pointe.

Vice Mayor Dr. Julie Metzger Aubuchon explained that originally the project was approved for condos, but only two of the buildings, of six planned, were built out. She had heard that some of the other homeowners thought their home values might be adversely affected by rental property adjacent to theirs.

Kim Moser, Director of Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, and Kirk Kavanaugh, Deputy Director, came to make a presentation about the group's goals and initiatives, and the staggering numbers of victims drug abuse has claimed in the three Northern Kentucky counties. They also talked about the treatment programs they have started in Kenton County, and mentioned the babies, the littlest victims, born to moms addicted to heroin.

Mayor Whalen announced that the 2016 Frontier League All Star game will be held in Florence at the Florence Freedom Field. Billed as the Florence Y'all Star Game, Whalen pointed to a banner presented to the city signed by Pete Rose which announces the game.

"We will be partnering with the team in events during the year," she explained, "to make this event something to remember."

Mayor Whalen also announced that Poochfest would be held Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Councilman Mel Carroll said that his daughter participated in the first Poochfest, and that her dog didn't win the best trick, or cutest dog or any other prize until the end, when she and her mixed breed dog won Most Determined Dog. Carroll's daughter is a veterinarian now, and still possesses that prize.

Arbor day will be September 26, which is also the Prescription drug take back day in the city of Florence, where police will help citizens get rid of old or unused prescriptions.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor