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Florence: New College Campus; New Firefighters; Same Tax Rates


The Florence city council listened the first readings of its new tax rate for the fiscal year, familiar numbers to the elected officials.

The rates haven't changed in twelve years.

If adopted at the next council meeting, Florence taxpayers will fork over $18.2 cents per $100 of assessed property value and 6.4 cents per $100 of assessed property value for service costs. 

The tax rate for tangible property is expected to be set at 36.4 cents per $100 of assessed value, adjusted as a compensating rate to ensure the city collects the same amount as last year.

The second reading will be in September.

Other notes:

University of the Cumberlands's Northern Kentucky campus is expected to have thirty students in the Florence location behind the Meijer store on Houston Road.

Brad Hall, assistant to the president and executive director of the Appalachia Institute and Medical Education at the university's local campus, noted that the physician assistant program will be emphasized.

The cost for tuition is $9,875 annually.

Open house events are scheduled for September 7 and October 5.

Mayor Diane Whalen swore in three new firefighters: Ben Riggs, Chad Hunter, and Chris Rayborn. Their families watched as Chief Scott Knoll gave them badges and new helmets.

Mayor Whalen read a proclamation declaring September to be City Government month.

She also announced that the cost of a membership to the Aquatic Center is 25 percent off through the end of August.

Pooch Fest will be held at the Senior Center on September 14, at 10 a.m., and the cost for dogs to participate is $5.

Whalen also said the jug handle at the corner of Weaver, Hopeful Church and US 42 is open, and she told council the feedback is 99 percent positive.  Councilwoman Julie Metzger-Aubuchon asked if the entrance to the bank would be more defined, and was told that work isn't finished yet, which is why there are still so many orange barrels.

Metzger-Aubuchon also commented that the Florence Freedom is one game out of first place, and would probably be in the playoffs, if not as first place, then as a wild card.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

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