City of Covington leaves property tax unchanged; RIPPLE Funding Approved, Lewis is Director of Human Resources
By Ryan Clark
Sometimes you can make money by saving money.
The City of Covington administration understands this fact, and that is why for the fifth consecutive year, the Commission accepted the recommendation of the City’s Finance Department to keep Covington’s taxes on real and personal property unchanged: .327 on every $ 100 of valuation of assessed or taxable real estate; and .349 on every $ 100 of valuation of all personal property valued or likely to be valued.
City commissioners heard a second reading and voted 4-0 to approve the proposal at their regular legislative meeting on Tuesday evening.
Finance officials explained that by keeping taxes low and unchanged, they are actually making money – around $ 300,000 when you factor in the number of people improving properties or outright renovating them.
The low taxes attract buyers, who then come to town to make improvements to the neighborhood.
Ripple Effect Funding Approved
Last week, Commissioners listened to a proposal that had been delayed due to COVID-19 – the 2019-2020 RIPPLE Effect Funding Proposals, which includes $ 200,000 in community development block grants funds that have been carried over from previous years.
Jeremy Wallace, the city’s community development manager, previously explained that the RIPPLE program helps neighborhoods by coordinating city departments to implement public improvement projects. The efforts help beautify the region while working with the community.
“Part is made up of public improvements, like streetscapes,” Wallace said, “part is also neighborhood activism. “
The city received two qualified applications for RIPPLE Effect funding, and Wallace said the top-rated application was “The Botany Hills Urban Junction,” submitted by the Devou Good Foundation, which focused on the intersection of Highway Avenue and Altamont Street.
Potential public improvements include:
The boarding bulb stops
Recycling bins / containers
Dog waste stations
Neighborhood door signs
Improvements to existing neighborhood signage / landscaping
Improved pedestrian crossings
Improvements to facades of commercial buildings
Parkway Avenue bridge / underpass / access stairs repairs
The Devou Good Foundation will commit $ 50,000 to the project, Wallace said.
Commissioners approved the proposal on Tuesday evening.
Cynthia Lewis hired as director of human resources
Commissioners approved the hiring of Cynthia Lewis as director of human resources effective September 13.
The city posted the opening on July 1 and received 65 applications. A committee, which included the Acting City Manager, Deputy Police Chief, Fire Chief, Director of Public Works and Commissioner Tim Downing, interviewed the top candidates.
Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree in human relations and management from Trevecca Nazarene University, is a United States veteran, and has 24 years of human resources experience, the last 11 of which have been in municipal government, where she was director of human resources since 2017.
Appointments to the Board
Mayor Joseph U. Meyer and the Commission approved these appointments:
PARC DEVOU ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Starts 08/15/2021 – Ends 08/14/2024
Rename Michèle Halloran
COVINGTON URBAN FORESTRY COUNCIL
Starts 08/15/2021 – Ends 08/14/2024
Rename Rob Farrell
LINDEN GROVE CEMETERY SUPERVISORY BOARD
Starts 08/25/2021 – Ends 12/15/2023
Naming Pete Nerone
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL CHART
Term: starts 08/25/2021
Appoint Ken Smith (Acting City Manager)
Covington Cities League Award
Commissioner Shannon Smith congratulated the city and its administration on its recent “Municipal Government of the Year” award from the Kentucky League of Cities.
Covington was honored for, as a city statement put it, “a $ 3 million public Wi-Fi project, a dramatic transformation of its riverside, purchase of 23 acres near the heart of downtown. city and economic development announcements touting the creation of 2,100 new jobs and nearly $ 90 million in private capital investment, ”among others.
“Covington was – and remains – determined to emerge from the pandemic not shocked and broken but capable and ambitious, so while we have taken drastic steps in 2020 to help our people and our businesses survive, we have also moved forward on projects that are changing the trajectory of The Cov’s future, ”said Mayor Meyer. “This award will inspire us to keep moving forward.
After the meeting, Mayor Meyer announced that the Commission would meet in executive session to discuss personnel matters.
He said no further business would be dealt with after the session.
The next regular meeting of the Covington Commission will be a legislative meeting at 6:00 pm on September 7th at the City Building at 20 W. Pike St. in Covington. Meetings can be followed live on Fioptics channel 815, Spectrum channel 203, Telecommunications Board of Northern Kentucky (TBNK) website, TBNK @TBNKonline Facebook page, and TBNK Roku channels.