Sunday, August 3, 2014

City council to consider smoking ban, tax rates

The agenda for Monday evening's Midway City Council meeting includes setting of tax rates for the coming year and reading of a proposed smoking ban to replace the countywide ban that is likely invalid because of a state Supreme Court decision.

The proposed tax rate for real estate is 10.6 cents per $100 of valuation, the same as this year. The proposed rate for personal property (motor vehicles and watercraft) is 18 cents, also the same as last year.

The proposed smoking ordinance would apply to all enclosed public spaces and places of employment and is designed to replace a regulation passed by the Woodford County Board of Health. The state Supreme Court, ruling in a case from Bullitt County, ruled June 19 that appointed health board did not have the authority to impose such regulations. For a copy of the proposed ordinance, click here.

The agenda also includes committee reports. Mayor Tom Bozarth recently appointed three council committees to consider blighted and abandoned property, to meet with the Northridge Homeowners Association to discuss property issues, and to review the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce's request for funding. The chamber wants Midway, Versailles and the county to fund a position paying $30,000 a year.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. All council and committee meetings are open to the public.

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