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Florence Sets Tax Rates, Will Lease Old Firehouse to School District

The City of Florence set its tax rates for the year.
At the regular council meeting Tuesday night, an ordinance was read for the first time which sets the tax rate on real property at $182 per $100 of assessed value, for personal property, excluding motor vehicles and watercraft, at $.284 per $100 of assessed value. Florence also has a tax that pays into retirement funds, and that is set at $.064 per $100 on both real and personal property.  
The second reading of the ordinance will be at the September meeting.
Florence council also listened to the first reading of an ordinance approving and adopting a zoning amendment that would change the zoning from C-2 or commercial two, to UR-1, or Urban Residential one for a 9.7 acre site located on the south/west side of Weaver Road across from Saddlebrook Lane to allow attached ranch-style rental units, a project by Buckeye Properties, LLC.
A municipal order was passed approving an agreement between the City of Florence and the City of Erlanger concerning a combined Critical incident Response team, or SWAT team.
Another municipal order was passed approving the transfer of surplus police department light bars to the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office. The transfer will be without compensation and the municipal order authorizes the execution of a purchase order to that effect.
James McManus was appointed to the Main Street Design Review Board by a municipal order.
Council motioned to approve a lease agreement for the Boone County School District to be able to rent the original firehouse on Main Street which has been vacant for at least a year. The school wants to use it for a maker's space.
Jen Kephart came to the meeting to give a presentation on Habitat for Humanity, and to tell people that the week of September 11 will be a special week for the organization so they need volunteers.    
-Patricia A. Scheyer