Council holds line on property tax rates
The Versailles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to maintain property tax rates for 2019. The real (estate) rate will remain at 5.6 cents per $100 of assessed value, the personal rate at 9.78 cents and the motor vehicle and watercraft rate at 12 cents. Change orders The council voted unanimously to approve four change orders for the new Versailles Police Department headquarters. Order 16-3 will provide a route for electrical service and control for a future sculpture installation and cost $1,539. Order 1-10 involves electrical service for the sculpture and will cost $55.40. Order 16-4 involves a Kentucky State Police (KSP) rack and patch panel and will cost $597. Order 1-11 involves KSP equipment used during a server room meeting. High Street fire victims The council unanimously approved waiving utility bills for six victims of the Aug. 17 fire that destroyed their High Street apartment building. The bills, which totaled $303.50, were for water and sewer usage between mid-July and mid-August. Quotes The council unanimously approved the purchase of two 2020 Ford Explorers from Jack Kain Ford for a total of $87,400 and a tank ladder and vent replacement for the Highland Avenue water storage tank from Suez/Utility Service Company for $10,795. Big Spring Park overlook The council unanimously approved paying Home Depot $5,066 for decking materials for the planned Big Spring Park overlook. Railing costs were not included. Downtown pavilion Much of the Versailles City Council’s meeting Tuesday was devoted to the proposed downtown pavilion dubbed the “Precinct Project.” Versailles architect Matt Myers, who was paid $5,000 by the council to study repurposing the present Versailles Police Department headquarters and evidence station (formerly the Big Spring Park pool), gave a Powerpoint demonstration. He presented alternatives costing $275,000, $550,000 and $1.2 million, the latter of which will include an amphitheater. Renderings by Myers will be used to solicit private and corporate support to help pay for the pavilion, which has been discussed by the council since a 2014 community meeting at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System headquarters.