Pay highlights progress in state of the city address

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By Shannon Brock

Taylorsville Mayor Don Pay addressed those in attendance at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Aug. 8 for the annual State of the City address. Pay told the audience he likes to address the state of the city from a “where we’ve been, where are we now and a where are we going” approach.

Here are some highlights from that address:
• Pay said the city has three sources of general fund income: insurance premium tax, occupational licenses and property taxes. Pay noted that the property tax rate had not been raised in the past year. Also, the City Commission voted last Tuesday (after Pay’s address) to keep the real property tax rate the same for the seventh consecutive year.
• Pay said monetarily the city is worth about $20 million, which includes “200 years of history.”
• The city has $8 million in debt, he said.
• The sewer plant has expanded to treat 750,000 gallons of water per day, with the capacity to grow to 3 million gallons per day.
• The sewer expansion up Ky. 44 toward the golf course is complete.
• This year is the first in which the city has two police officers working as school resource officers in Spencer County Schools.
• Main Street Phase II is now complete.
• Maple Avenue is the next street to see some revitalization, much like Garrard, Main Cross and Washington streets have in the past.
• The city has block watch programs in the Earlywine, Highview, Pin Oak and Old South Plantation. Maple will likely be the next in line and the first in the downtown area.
• Taylorsville’s recent reclassification to a fourth-class city should pave the way for economic growth, including restaurants, business opportunities and jobs, Pay said.