At a special called meeting Monday evening, the Eddyville City Council passed the second reading of the property tax ordinance, and held the first reading of a proposed ordinance that would allow golf carts to be driven on city streets.
The property tax ordinance passed unanimously, and tax rates for the 2019-2020 fiscal year will be set as follows:
• Real property: .341 per hundred
• Tangible personal property: .2407 per hundred
• Automobiles and boats: .199 per hundred
The proposed golf cart ordinance, which the council has discussed over the last couple of months, was met with concern by some members of the council
Council member Julie Wadlington said that some members of the community had expressed worries to her about the reach of the potential ordinance, and how the regulations on golf carts it requires may be unrealistic, as most carts don't come standardly outfitted with all of the equipment the ordinance (and newly updated state law) would require.
Eddyville Chief of Police Shane Allison explained that, as it currently sits, it is illegal state-wide to drive a golf cart on city streets unless that city has an ordinance that lays out guidelines that match or exceed those written in state statutes.
It is not uncommon to see people using golf carts to commute in some parts of town, and not having an ordinance puts local police in the position of either having to warn/ ticket those drivers, or look the other way and face potential liability if the carts are involved in an accident on city streets.
Some of the requirements laid out in Eddyville's proposed ordinance, which are in alignment with KRS requirements, include:
• Golf carts may only be operated on roadways with a speed limit of 35 mph or less.
• Operators must fill out an application for a yearly permit (one per cart) with the City of Eddyville at a cost of $10 annually, which is issued after proof of inspection. The inspection must be performed by a certified inspector at the Lyon County Sheriff's Department at a cost of $5 if the cart is brought to the Sheriff's Office, or $10 if the inspector must travel to the cart.
• The cart must be insured in compliance with Kentucky State law by the owner or operator.
• All motorized carts must be complete with the following: headlamps, tail lamps, stop lamps, front and rear turn signals, one red reflex reflector on each side as far to the rear as practicable and one red reflex reflector on the rear, an exterior mirror mounted on the driver's side of the vehicle and either an exterior mounted mirror on the passenger's side of the vehicle or an interior mirror, a parking brake, a seatbelt assembly that conforms to the federal motor vehicle safety standard for each designated seating position, and a horn that meets the requirements for Kentucky State law.
The provisions of the ordinance will not apply to golf carts that are not used on a public roadway, or to those that only use the public roadway to cross while following a golf cart path on a golf course.
The first reading of this ordinance passed with a vote of 4-2, with Wadlington and Michael Greene voting in opposition.
A second reading of the ordinance will have to pass, and publication of the ordinance completed, before it would go into effect.
The Eddyville City Council meets the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at Eddyville City Hall. Their next regular meeting will be October 7.