Tax and City Hall Issues Loom Out of Lexington Council Recess

Jul 16, 2018

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Lexington’s city hall is likely to be a bit quieter this week, as council members continue on their summer break.  A couple of issues, one a tradition every year and another, a newer hot topic will be first on the agenda come August.

Veteran Council Member Bill Farmer says the local governing body will take up revisions to property and insurance premium taxes right out of the summer recess.    In addition, a public meeting on plans to move city hall is also already scheduled in August.  Plus, Farmer says there are ebbing and flowing crime issues. “There’s always some wrinkles, something going on, and sometimes it’s people trying car doors and sometimes it’s people trying garage doors.  Right now, it’s kind of quiet.  And then, to me the other is always about infill because there’s always questions about where something is going to go and how it’s going to fit,” said Farmer.

Second District Councilman Joe Smith says his area is the second fastest growing part of Lexington, behind the Hamburg community. Smith would like to see a new public library branch locate in the second.  “Long as we get it, I am not picky.  You know the public library would sort all that out ultimately when it comes out.  You would like to have it in a good neutral location.  I just think it’s important because when I used to live on Russell Cave Road and my kids were small, we could walk to the library,” explained Smith.

Joe Smith agrees a public meeting regarding the future of city hall will grab additional citizen attention.