Community Cleanup Day Success

About 150 volunteers worked in the bright sunshine this morning to help rid London of trash during Community Cleanup Day. Several truckloads of unsightly garbage were removed from city streets and parks.

Cleanup crews assembled downtown at the Tourism & Parks office at 9:00 a.m. They picked up safety vests, gloves, tongs and garbage bags and set out to clean assigned areas.

For their efforts, volunteers received a free climbing pass to Treetop Adventure at Levi Jackson State Park when they reconvened at noon.

2018 World Chicken Festival Chicken Invasion

In the spirit of The World Chicken Festival, London Downtown, Inc. is now accepting entries for the “Chicken Invasion”. The invasion is organized by London Downtown, Inc. to benefit local schools. This year’s theme will be “Welcome To The Barnyard”.

To sponsor a chicken for the “Chicken Invasion”, send the entry form along with your $100 check (payable to London Downtown) to London Downtown, Inc. 501 South Main Street London, KY 40741 or can be dropped off at the London Community Center.

As a sponsor, you will be provided a 36” chicken that is two dimensional. The chickens will be available for pick up at the London Community Center on September 7th. Chickens can be painted and embellished on either side (both sides preferred). As participants, you are encouraged to be creative. Here are some ideas to get you started: Banks – could incorporate play money or maybe a visor like in the past, Flower Shops – could use a glue gun and silk flowers, Beauty Shops – could use a smock with scissors, Schools – use school supplies along with books, Restaurants – could use cooking utensils, chef hat, and apron.

Chickens will need to be turned in on September 19th at the London Community Center.

Download the Chicken Invasion Entry Form

Downtown Beautification

London Mayor Troy Rudder, community center director Tish Rudder and tourism executive director Chris Robinson were among city employees and volunteers who assembled the flower pots that are hung on Main Street and other areas in downtown London.

London’s Living Treasures Honored

London Downtown saluted four people Tuesday night who’ve made valuable contributions to the community over the course of their lives.

Hononered were:

  • Anglee Smith, a longtime teacher and school librarian
  • Doris Robinson, former head of the London-Laurel County Newcomers Club
  • Ed Bowling, former Laurel County coroner and founder of Bowling Funeral Home
  • Judge C.R. Luker, former circuit judge in Laurel and Knox Counties.

The ceremony was held at the Laurel County Library.

A Tax-Friendly City

London is an attractive place for those who may be looking towards retirement.  The City of London ranks in the top 10 cities in Kentucky for retirees regarding taxes, according to New York-based SmartAsset. The city ranks 6th in the state, and ranks 505th nationally.

London Mayor Troy Rudder said the city prides itself on being able to annually lower the real estate taxIMG_1197 rate.

According to the study, a retiree in London bringing in $50,000 in retirement income can expect to pay just under $7,000 in income, sales and fuel taxes each year. In addition, the retiree’s home value will be taxed at 0.61 percent. But, for those over 65, a portion of their home value will not be taxed due to Kentucky’s Home-stead Exemption. In 2015-2016, the amount of the exemption was $36,900; the amount changes yearly.

The study is based on a retiree receiving $15,000 in Social Security benefits, $10,000 from a private pension, $15,000 from retirement savings such as a 401k or IRA and $10,000 in wages.

Social security income is entirely exempt from state income taxes, Other types of retirement income receive significant reductions in the state income tax. In fact, a retiree can have more than $40,000 in retirement income and not be required to pay any state income taxes, as up to $41,110 in income is deductible. Home values are relatively low, essentially meaning less of a retiree’s income will go to property taxes.

To calculate its findings, SmartAsset determined income tax expected to be paid, then calculated the effective property tax rate by dividing the average property tax paid by median home value for each city.

“The city has worked very hard to keep the tax rate as low as we possibly can,” Rudder said.

 

 

Neighborhood Watch Program

The London Police Department is looking to expand their Neighborhood Watch program, with five neighborhoods currently meeting on a monthly basis. The program’s motto of “we look out for each other,” exemplifies the positive influence the program has had over the years within London, and what’s been practiced throughout participating neighborhoods nation-wide.

“It’s a really great thing that’s starting to gain some ground here in London,” said Magen neighborhoodwatch2Zawko, Public Information Officer at the London Police Department.

Neighborhood Watch is a gathering of neighbors who meet with officers periodically to discuss ways to keep their neighborhood safe. Citizens are encouraged to bring their personal questions to the table one-on-one with an officer as well.

IMG_1183“A nation-wide study expressed that 96 percent of neighbors actually feel safer when they know who’s living beside them… in this day and time, many people don’t know who their neighbors are,” said Zawko.

Local churches are even getting on board with neighborhood meetings by cooking meals for the families and having fellowship along the sidewalks. If you are interested in joining a Neighborhood Watch or looking to help out, contact the London Police Department at (606) 878-7004.To learn more about the Neighborhood Watch program visit the London Police Department’s website.

 

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