Owensboro City Commission plans to rescind annexation ordinances, DCPS says

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – At a meeting on Tuesday afternoon, the Owensboro City Commission plans to rescind annexation ordinances surrounding Daviess County Public Schools properties.

DCPS Superintendent Matt Robbins released this statement:

“As you know, Daviess County Public Schools has been involved in negotiations with the City of Owensboro regarding the annexation of district properties dating back to May 2, 2019.

This was a very complex issue that required careful study and analysis on the part of both the City and DCPS. Both parties were committed to ensuring that the process would lead to a successful outcome for all.

I am pleased to share the Owensboro City Commission plans to rescind/repeal the annexation ordinances at their scheduled meeting this afternoon (July 9) that would have annexed nine DCPS properties. In effect, everything reverts to its original status, including employee occupational tax rates and emergency response jurisdictions (no changes will occur).

For all DCPS employees, the occupational tax will continue to naturally follow Daviess County Fiscal Court (DCFC/County) which is scheduled to increase to 0.7% effective January 1, 2020 and to 1.0% on January 1, 2021 for all businesses located in the County. Currently, the County’s occupational tax rate is 0.35%.

We appreciate our elected City Officials for their thoughtful review and consideration of this process. We are very pleased that we were able to reach this positive outcome that is in the best interest of all parties.”

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(This story was originally published on July 9, 2019)

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