Following is the text from the Fall, 2015, City of Indian Hills Newsletter:

OCTOBERFEST

As you can tell from the cover sheet (below) on this Newsletter, it's OCTOBERFEST time again.

All of the preparations are well underway and our Public Works Director, Jim Graven, has once again booked a variety of vendors for the event. Sashee Gaslin, formerly of Doll's Market, will have all of the food ready for the day. Our Fire Departments, both St. Matthews and Harrods Creek, will be in attendance with their fire equipment. And, our Indian Hills special chefs will be preparing the hamburgers and hot dogs.

Our Octoberfest get together has grown year over year, and it has become a “must do” event for our residents. We hope to see you there.

If you plan to attend, please return the reservations form on the cover sheet by October 9th to Mayor Eifler at 4702 Old Brownsboro Court, or respond to the Mayor by email at teiflersr@bellsouth.net.

As always - PLEASE: NO PETS AT THIS EVENT.

COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP

In the Summer, 2015, newsletter we reported that council member Abby Jackson had moved out of the City and therefore had resigned from the board. After consideration of a number of candidates, the Council, in concert with state law, appointed Sandra Carroll to fill the unexpired portion of Abby's term. Sandra is a retired teacher, having served at a number of Louisville schools. She and her husband have three grown children and four grandchildren. Sandra and family have lived in the city for 30 years. Consequently she is very familiar with our area, and is enthusiastically looking forward to serving. We welcome her to the board and anticipate a great working relationship.

FINANCE

We have received the draft of our audit for fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. Our auditors, Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC, have once again issued an unqualified opinion on the financial statements of our City. They will present this audit to the Council at the September 17th meeting for final approval.

Our City continues to be in excellent financial condition with ample rainy day funds. Our budget for the current fiscal year July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016 is balanced. The budget and ad valorem tax rate ordinances are available on our website.

CITY TAX BILLS

Our City would not be in such great financial shape if we didn't collect taxes. At the present time we have only two delinquencies in the city.

The tax bills for calendar year 2015 will be mailed in mid-October, and a discount of 20% will be allowed if the tax is paid on or before December 31, 2015. Note that the discount has been increased this year for the reasons discussed in the Summer, 2015, newsletter. Please be mindful of the tax notice and make payment on time to take advantage of the increased discount. The face amount is due during January, 2016, and after that a 10% penalty plus 1 1/2% interest a month applies.

Special thanks to Councilmen Lyle Spalding and Chip Hancock, and Treasurer Robin Roberts for their work with the City Finances and the mailing of the tax bills. Also, a special thanks to you for paying these bills in a timely manner. There are very few, if any, cities around that can say they have our record on delinquent taxes.

WATER RESCUE

Certainly you are aware of the atypical rainstorms that we experienced in July. In addition to the unprecedented flooding we experienced in several areas, the Harrods Creek Fire department had to effect a rescue by boat on Indian Hills Trail where rapidly rising water engulfed a vehicle attempting to navigate the flooded road near lower Arrowhead Road. We often see admonishments not to enter flooded roadways because it's impossible to see how deep the water really is or what may be hidden beneath the surface. The other hazard, which was the case in this instance, is that the water can suddenly rise so rapidly that it precludes escape. Memory fades quickly, especially as it's been so dry of late, but this incident provides an "in our own backyard" reminder that one should NEVER drive into water on a flooded roadway, even if you believe it's of passable depth … as that can change faster than you can imagine.

COP’S CORNER
By Chief Kelly Spratt

IRS Scam

The below information was obtained from the official IRS website in response to scams in which phone callers represent themselves as IRS representatives in an attempt to fraudulently obtain personal information or money from their victims. These scams have been attempted in our area, as well as across the country.

These schemes — which can occur over the phone, in e-mails or through letters with authentic looking letterhead — try to trick taxpayers into providing personal financial information or scare people into making a false tax payment that ends up with the criminal.

Scammers posing as IRS agents first targeted those they viewed as most vulnerable, sach as older Americans, newly arrived immigrants and those whose first language is not English. These criminals have expanded their net and are now targeting virtually anyone.

In a new variation, scammers alter what appears on your telephone caller ID to make it seem like they are with the IRS or another agency such as the Department of Motor Vehicles. They use fake names, titles and badge numbers. They use online resources to get your name, address and other details about your life to make the call sound official. They even go as far as copying official IRS letterhead for use in email or regular mail.

Brazen scammers will even provide their victims with directions to the nearest bank or business where the victim can obtain a means of payment such as a debit card. And in another new variation of these scams, con artists may then provide an actual IRS address where the victim can mail a receipt for the payment — all in an attempt to make the scheme look official.

The most common theme with these tricks seems to be fear. Scammers try to scare people into reacting immediately without taking a moment to think through what is actually happening.

These scam artists often angrily threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation or other similarly unpleasant things. They may also leave "urgent" callback requests, sometimes through "robo-calls," via phone or email The emails will often contain a fake IRS document with a telephone number or email address for your reply.

It is important to remember the official IRS website is IRS.gov. Taxpayers are urged not to be confused or misled by sites claiming to be the IRS but ending in .com, .net, .org or other designations instead of .gov. Taxpayers should never provide personal information, financial or otherwise, to suspicious websites or strangers calling out of the blue.

Below are five things scammers often do that the real IRS would never do.

1. Angrily demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
2. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
3. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
4. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
5. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

Here's what you should do if you think you're the target of an IRS impersonation scam:

If you actually do owe taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with a payment issue. If you know you don't owe taxes or do not immediately believe that you do, you can report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484.

if you've been targeted by any scam, be sure to contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their "FTC Complaint Assistant" at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.

HOPE TO SEE YOU AT OCTOBERFEST!

HAVE A GREAT FALL SEASON!


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