Following is the text from the Summer, 2008, City of Indian Hills Newsletter:
It has been a beautiful spring in Indian Hills, and the good weather
has been good for us as we make improvements in the City. And
now we are facing summer. As we write this newsletter the forecast
for seven days is low 90F temperatures, so we will have to do a lot
of watering to welcome our summer weather.|
MAKE A NOTE
Two events that are traditionally announced in our Summer Newsletter:
At this time of year, we know that some of our residents are thinking of construction projects, and we want to remind you of the need for permits for any additions, swimming pools, fences, driveways, etc. We have updated our ordinances for the City and these are available on our website http://www.indianhillsky.org. This website covers not only projects that require permits, but also details such as permit fees, hours and days that construction can take place, and fines for violation of the ordinances. Our Public Works Department Director Jim Graven issues these permits and can be reached at 552-4250.
Also, if you think someone is violating any of our ordinances, please do not hesitate to call our Police Department, who stringently enforces these restrictions. Their non-emergency number is 893-2677.
While we re speaking of ordinances, we want to report that we are having a number of violations of our Dog Ordinance. We have instructed our Police to vigorously enforce this Animal Ordinance. At the request of Councilwoman Nancy Stablein, we are enclosing excerpts from this ordinance with this newsletter. This ordinance in its entirety can also be found on the Indian Hills website. Please show consideration for your neighbors by adhering to these restrictions. [See excerpts at 6.04.070 - 6.04.080 and 6.08.010 - 6.08.050].
CITY BUDGET 2008-2009
At our May 22 meeting of the Indian Hills City Council, we had the first reading of our City Budget for July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009, and will have our second reading at the June 19, 2008 meeting.
After this budget is passed, it will also be posted on our website, but the highlights are that our budget is balanced and that our tax rate is the same as it has been since we merged the four cities together, and that is 20 cents per hundred with a discount of 12-1/2% if paid on or before the due date. Our two major expense items have always been and will continue to be our police department and our waste removal; these total about 80% of our total budget. Between now and our next budget year, we will have to rebid our contract for waste removal, and with the current cost of fuel and labor, we expect that our costs will escalate.
Once again, we thank our Doctor of Decimal Points, Councilman Lyle Spalding, for his outstanding effort in not only preparing the budget, but keeping us as elected officials up to date on a monthly basis on the finance portion of our City. As a City, we are very grateful to have someone as interested and dedicated as Councilman Spalding to do the consistently fine job that he does for Indian Hills.
This is the part of our financial report when we generally remind you of the importance of the insurance premium fee. In our budget for 2008-09, which totals $1,066,100, $105,000 of that comes from insurance fees (10% of our income. This is 10% that you did not have to pay in property taxes.) If you do not inform your insurance companies that you live in Indian Hills, this money will go to the Metro Government instead of to the community that provides your services. Please help to keep our property tax down by notifying your insurance companies that you live in Indian Hills. [Also see
AN UPDATE OF OUR DELINOUENT TAX REPORT
In our last newsletter we reported that we had 32 tax delinquencies for the current year. The City has collected all of the taxes for 2006-07 with one exception and we currently have seven outstanding delinquencies for the year ending June 30, 2008. We have no doubt that we will collect all of the delinquent taxes; they are liens on the properties and are a good source of income for the City until paid. This observation means that when taxes are delinquent, the City collects a 10% penalty and 1-1/2% per month interest on the unpaid balance until it. is paid. Since the tax is a lien against the property, the property cannot be transferred until the tax is paid.
Last year, the Indian Hills Police Department began sending e-mail alerts regarding criminal activity in the area. In an effort to improve the efficiency of the system, we will begin using an e-mail list service. This service will allow interested residents to subscribe to the service by accessing the website listed below. The department website (http://www.ihpd.org) will also have a link for subscribing.
During the spring and summer months, our area sees an increase in door- to-door solicitors, mainly dealing with magazine subscription sales. Most of the representatives are from out-of-state and are not familiar with local solicitation ordinances. Some companies recruit young salespeople who have had a criminal past. One of our concerns with door-to-door solicitors is that such persons may use the guise of the solicitation to commit crimes within our area. If you are at home, and make a purchase using a personal check, it is possible for the bank information to be used fraudulently.
We urge all residents to notify the Indian Hills Police of any illegal solicitors by calling our dispatch (893-2677) at the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office. When calling, report that there are illegal solicitors in the area of your address, and provide physical descriptions, if possible.
KEN FLEMING REPORT
Metro Council is in the midst of discussing the $810 million project for next fiscal year. When we subtract pass through monies from State, Federal and other entities, the actual budget constitutes $546 million, On the revenue side, 57 percent is basically generated from occupational and net profit taxes while 25 percent is generated from property tax. On the expense side, 54 percent is allocated to police and public protection, 10 percent goes toward public works, and 8.5 percent goes toward capital projects and debt services. Although Louisville doesn't see the boom or bust, we do need to tighten our belts. We are working diligently to find opportunities by scrutinizing the numbers, questioning the justification of programs, and pushing for better oversight in expenditures.
If you have any questions or comments about the budget or general issues and concerns, I'm here to serve. Thank you for the honor.
ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!
As always, if you have questions, comments or suggestions about our City, do not hesitate to call your Mayor or any of your Council members.