By Seth Littrell
Register News Writer
RICHMOND — The Richmond City Commission heard the first reading Tuesday evening of an ordinance maintaining the compensating property tax rate for 2013.
Maintaining a compensating rate means the city will collect approximately the same amount of money as it did the previous year, about $2.8 million according to the budget for the last fiscal year. The ordinance reads the rates will be as follows if it is passed:
• For personal property, sent to the city's general fund, the rate will be 13.5 cents on each $100 of assessed value.
• For real property, also sent to the general fund, the rate will be 12.4 cents on each $100 of assessed value.
• An additional 1.8 cents per $100 of assessed value collected on real property will be put toward maintenance and operations of the parks and recreation facilities.
In addition, the tax on motor vehicles, which is collected by the county clerk, will be set at 28.7 cents per $100 of assessed value. Of that amount, 26.9 cents will be sent to the city's general fund, while 1.8 cents will be set aside for use by the parks and recreation department.
The ordinance states there will be a 2-percent discount on all tax bills paid before Nov. 1. Any taxes remaining unpaid after Jan 1, 2014, will have a 10-percent penalty added to them, and all unpaid taxes have an interest rate of 15 percent per year until paid.
The council unanimously voted in approval of the ordinance after the first reading. However, the ordinance will not officially pass unless it is approved at the second reading.
In other business, the commission:
• Approved the donation of two surplus police cruisers to the city of Irvine and one to the city of Ravenna. The three vehicles, 2004 Crown Victorias, were labeled as surplus after the police department upgraded to newer models earlier this month. Mayor Jim Barnes said the donation was a “gesture of goodwill” in recognition of the frequent business Richmond gets from residents of the two cities.
• Approved the hiring of Corey Deshane Barron as a Richmond police officer upon completion of an 18-week training course.
• Appointed Marsha Dunn to the human rights commission.
• Adjusted the status of two parks department employees. Ashley Parke has changed from seasonal worker to seasonal manager, and Langdon Barnes has changed from seasonal manager to seasonal worker.
• Authorized the Richmond Fire Department to use seven EKU co-op students upon their completion of the proper training requirements. The students are: Rebecca Henderson, Benjamin Elsessler, James Swanick, Clay Thornberg, Taylor Chandler, Casey Walker, Anastasia Ficher.
The students began their co-op Wednesday.
• Approved the hiring of Bree Hershfeld and Morgan Neil as seasonal employees at the Gibson Bay Cafe.
• Reappointed Eugene Parks to the zoning board of adjustments.
• Appointed Peter Shah as hotel representative on the tourism commission.
• Reappointed Ed Ford to the architectural review board.
• Accepted the retirement of Charles Paul Cameron from the maintenance department effective Sept. 1.
Seth Littrell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 624-6623.