Friday, July 23, 2004

Kentucky news briefs

Villa Hills to vote on tax increase

VILLA HILLS - Residents here will vote in November on a tax increase that would raise money for street repairs and maintenance.

Villa Hills City Council unanimously voted Wednesday to put a street tax on this fall's ballot. City officials said the money is needed to repair and replace about 30 miles of aging city streets.

If approved, the tax would cost the owner of a house assessed at $100,000 another $85 a year.

The tax would raise about $400,000 a year and would be subject to another vote in 10 years.

The money would go into a fund designated only for street work.

If the tax of 85 cents per $1,000 assessed property value is approved, repairs would start in fall 2005.

The city also would repeal an annual license fee tax of $8.50 per car that generates about $45,000 a year.

Emergency response team seeks volunteers

ERLANGER - Members are being sought for a second Community Emergency Response Team to help local emergency services in the event of a natural or manmade disaster.

Training for the new team will start at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at Erlanger Fire Station No. 1 at 515 Graves Ave. behind city offices, and includes eight two-hour sessions on topics such as first aid, CPR and recognizing hazardous materials. All equipment is furnished.

Applications are available at Erlanger city offices or local fire stations. Information: Assistant Chief Terry Allen at (859) 727-5842.

Business owner killed in accident

WHITEWATER TWP. - A North Bend man was killed late Wednesday when the excavator he was operating behind his business overturned in a wooded area, authorities said.

Kenneth Neyer Sr., 60, was found dead in the cab of the excavator about 11:30 p.m. behind Ken Neyer Plumbing at 4895 Ohio 128, Hamilton County sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies went to the business after Neyer, who had been working in the woods, was not heard from for about six hours.

Authorities found the excavator overturned on a hillside about a quarter-mile into the woods, Hamilton County Sheriff spokesman Steve Barnett said.

Driver in fatal crash charged with homicide

BOND HILL - A driver involved in a fatal car accident last month has been charged with vehicular homicide.

Steven Thomas, 23, of Golf Manor, was behind the wheel on Langdon Farm Road on June 15 when the car went off the left side of the road and hit a tree. A passenger, Markita Chatman, 23, of Winton Terrace, died.

Thomas was released on his own recognizance.

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