Delinquent property tax highlighted a meeting of the Evarts City Council on Tuesday. A list of delinquent homeowners was given to each council member.
City Clerk Kristi Lamb reported as of Feb. 18, there is still $19,856.78 in unpaid delinquent property tax owed to the city.
City attorney Otis Doan suggested letters be hand delivered by the police department to those residents who are delinquent on their property tax.
“There are tax services who will buy these delinquent taxes up,” said Doan.
Mayor Eddie Manning said in looking over some of the names on the delinquent list, a lot of those listed are people who are “doing pretty good” who aren’t paying.
“It’s people who have no reason not to pay,” said Manning.
Councilman Larry Caudill agreed with Manning saying “evidently some people just open their tax bills and trash them. He said the city “needs to get aggressive and put pressure on them to pay their taxes.”
Council woman Carrie Lipfird said she continues to receive complaints about parking in the street on Evarts Hill on Knox Street near the new apartment building. She said she had experienced the same thing, “almost hitting a car,” as she drove in that area.
Manning told Lipfird he had sent a police officer to the area twice and talked with the apartment manager about the parking problem.
Lipfird added the danger is they are parking across the street from the apartment building near a dumpster, but in the roadway, blocking one lane of traffic.
“The city will post no parking signs and violators will be towed and cited to court,” said Manning. “If there happened to be a fire up there on the hill there would be no way a fire truck could get through there. It needs to be clear.”
In other council action:
*Discussed property offered to the city for sale located on 105 Bell Street where a building recently burned. After an appraisal was obtained from Mountain View Realty Inc. setting the market value of the property at $5,000, the city agreed they will not take steps to purchase the property, which is being offered for sale at $10,000 plus the city clean the property;
*Agreed to take steps to clean up the Marilyn Thomas property in the city;
*Privilege license bills will be mailed out in the next few weeks. The deadline will be extended.
The council went into executive session per KRS 61.810 (d) and returned with no action taken.
Nola Sizemore may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 115, or on Twitter @Nola_hde