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Ft. Wright: Officers Can Work BLINK; Tax Rate Maintained; Museum Day Planned

The Ft. Wright city council voted this week to maintain its tax rate after an hour-long discussion.

Mayor Dave Hatter presented a number of options for council to consider that detailed the possibilities of increases, and projections of expenses and revenue ten years out, after conferring with City Administrator Jill Bailey and City Clerk Susan Ellis.

After the public hearing portion of the meeting, and without objection from anyone present, the tax rate was maintained at $0.279 per $100 of assessed value for real property and $0.409 per $100 of assessed value for tangible property.

In other news, after a report from Bailey on the matter, council voted to reserve a day for Ft. Wright residents at the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington. Council approved an expenditure of $650 to reserve December 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. for 125 residents to attend. If more want to attend, council approved spending up to $1,000 for the event.

Council also considered a request from the City of Covington to assist with law enforcement during next weekend's BLINK event, a light and art show that will span from downtown Cincinnati into downtown Covington.

There were concerns expressed about worker's compensation for off-duty officers taking on additional work, but council agreed that the officers could take the side jobs if they want, while Bailey will update council on the city's worker's comp policy for their review.

-Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor