Wednesday, July 19, 2000

Florence plans to annex Turfway

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FLORENCE — Turfway Park is one step closer to being annexed into this city.

        After months of negotiating with the horse track, city officials will vote on an agreement next week that will get the process rolling.

        The vote will be on an agreement that says that if the city builds a sewer pump station for the horse track, Turfway officials will agree to annexation.

        After the pump station is built, council will vote on an annexation ordinance, which will likely go before members sometime in December. The tap-in fee Turfway will pay to connect to the city's system will nearly cover the cost of the estimated $90,000 pump station.

        “I think it's a win-win,” said Councilman Dale Stephens at Tuesday's caucus meeting.

        Turfway, one of the most visited tourist attractions in Northern Kentucky, asked the city to consider annexation several months ago after the Kentucky Division of Water encouraged officials to look into public sewer services since lines were nearby.

        The benefit to the city will be roughly $55,000 a year in property taxes and $45,000 a year in payroll taxes.

        “If you look at the return it's a heck of a return,” said Florence City Coordinator Jeff Koenig.


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