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City moves closer to adding roads

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State has 60 days to oppose possible annexation

By Molly Haines

A second reading on five separate ordinances declaring the City of Owenton’s intent to annex several roads was held Jan. 8.
The council held the first readings Dec. 4.
The annexation would include from the existing city-limit boundaries for a distance of .810 miles to Hwy. 3095, also known as Ellis Highway; from the existing city-limit boundaries for a distance of 1.22 miles to the properties of Cornelius Mann on the east side and Tim Cobb on the west side; from the existing city-limit boundaries for a distance of 1.944 miles to the end of the school properties on the north side and Danny and Judy Jacobs on the south side; from the existing city-limit boundaries for a distance of .375 miles to the end of Ronnie Jones’ property on the north side; and from the existing city-limit boundaries for a distance of .912 miles to Hwy. 227 and the property of Garroll and Becky Shryock on the west side and Danny Jacobs on the east side.
Only the roads are being annexed, from sidewalk to sidewalk.
Once the ordinances are published, the state, which is considered the property owner, has 60 days to oppose the move.
If no objection is raised, the city would be free to adopt the measure following another round of public readings.
Owenton Mayor Doug West said because only roads will be annexed and no residences or private property would be taken into the city limits, those living in the areas cannot petition to oppose the proposal.
West said the only way residences could be annexed is by a vote.
West first proposed annexation during the fall of last year, for the purpose of “future economic development.”

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In 2012, the city council approved a resolution for a three-year tax break from the city for any new businesses in town. Since then, West has encouraged other taxing districts to follow the council’s lead.
Although none of the taxing districts have offered the break, the city council approved another tax break for newly built homes and apartment complexes.
Anyone building a new home or apartment complex will receive three years off on their property taxes.