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City Approves New Budget And Sewer, Water Rate Increases

Commission Votes To Annex Anderson-Dean

Robert Moore
Herald Staff

The Harrodsburg City Commission gave second and final reading to the budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. The $16.2 million budget does not include a raise for the city commission.

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The budget remains largely the same. It includes $7.9 million for the general fund; $7.3 million for the water and sewer operating fund; $40,150 for the cemetery fund; $601,050 for the tourism development fund, which comes from the restaurant tax; $165,070 for the municipal aid fund; and $240,300 for the ABC fund, which comes from taxes on alcohol.

The mayor’s salary will remain $24,000 for the next fiscal year while the commissioner’s salary will remain $16,000.

At Monday’s regular meeting, the city commission also approved ordinances to increase sewer and water rates based on consumer price index. Effective Friday, July 1, the minimum rate for sewer will increase from $14.81 to $15.83 per month for the first 250 gallons. The minimum rate for water will increase from $12.27 per gallon to $13.12 per gallon for the first 250 gallons.

In other business, the Harrodsburg City Commission authorized the mayor to sign a consent to annex Anderson-Dean Community Park. There was no discussion during the meeting, but afterwards, City Attorney Norrie Currens explained that while the park is jointly owned by the city and county the park, it is not in the city limits.

“We’re just annexing the park so it’ll be within the Harrodsburg City limits,” Currens said. She said the move could possibly allow the city to host special events at the park that would generate more revenue.

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