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Harrodsburg Seeks to Spur Construction

Robert Moore

Herald Staff

The Harrodsburg City Commissioners gave first reading to an ordinance that will move the time when builders must pay sewer tap-on fees from before construction starts to before the final inspection by planning and zoning.

City commissioners have been looking for ways to help the city grow. Earlier this year, they met with the Mercer County Fiscal Court and the Harrodsburg-Mercer County Joint Planning and Zoning Commission to look at ways to incentivize new construction, including reducing or eliminating building fees.

The commission wants “to encourage people to come into the city and build,” said Commissioner Wendi Allen, who introduced the ordinance. The commission will hear public comments on the ordinance at the next meeting.

Also at the next meeting, the commission will give first reading to an ordinance moving the collection of water tap-on fees from the beginning to the end of construction. The sewer and water tap-on fees have to be handled separately because they are covered by different city ordinances, explained City Attorney Doug Greenburg.

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