Dear Fellow Residents,
Hopefully the weather has decided to make up its mind by the time you receive this. I can’t recall the fluctuation in temperatures from day to day being this drastic. The good news is that I have already seen buds on trees and plants sneaking up from below the soil. Spring is right around the corner and I can’t
wait. Someone told me just the other day, that it has been 50 days since Louisville had 3 consecutive days without snow or rain. I am ready for some dry
ground and green grass.
As we move into spring, our city engineer will be doing a coring project. This will allow us to check material depths and observe the existing conditions of our roads. That way, as we plan financially, we will know exactly what needs to be done to repair our roads correctly, all the way to the sub-structure.
The Tree Board will be streamlining the tree maintenance program this spring. This will allow the city to save money and respond more quickly to citizens’ requests. The tree maintenance program has proven to be very successful in our effort to take care of the trees we currently have.
You will see on our agenda and minutes an ordinance to increase the tax on insurance policy premiums in St. Regis Park. The city is considering this increase
only because Metro Louisville has proposed raising its rate from 5% to 12.5%. If St. Regis Park does not raise its current rate of 5% to match Metro Louisville,
any increase generated by Metro Louisville goes directly to Metro Louisville, not the city of St. Regis Park. We have no control over whether Metro Louisville raises its tax on insurance premiums and by law, that increase must be paid by St. Regis Park residents. However, because state law allows St. Regis Park insurance premium taxes to offset against Metro Louisville’s insurance premium taxes, we do have the power to make sure the money stays in St. Regis Park. The ordinance we are considering does nothing, unless Metro Louisville changes its rate. If Metro Louisville does change its rate, the city of St. Regis Park’s rate will change along with it, thereby keeping the money in St. Regis Park’s budget, not Metro Louisville’s.
Last, but not least, I would like to take a moment to honor Councilman John Amback. John was recognized as “Outstanding School Volunteer” for the Archdiocese of Louisville for his service at Ascension. From the Ascension website -- “For many years, John has volunteered his time tutoring students in math before school, as well as spending six hours per week in our 4th and 5th grade math classes as an assistant. John also offers a summer Microsoft Excel class for middle school students with textbooks donated by him. As John shares his knowledge and love of mathematics with our students, they witness a man of integrity, character, passion, patience and kindness. As a result of his dedication, we have seen math scores soar and students growing in confidence: no longer saying, “I’m no good at math” or, “math is not my best subject.” We all know it takes a special kind of person to give so much without expectation and John exceeds that, “special kind” as he has become an absolute treasure to the Ascension community and beyond.”
Thanks John for all that you do for Ascension and our city!
Remember, the city of St. Regis Park is a great place to live. Together, we will make it even better!
Brandt Davis, Mayor