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Hopkinsville, Kentucky

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Hopkinsville is the sixth largest city in Kentucky. It is the county seat of Christian County. At the 2010 census, the city's population was 31,577.[1]

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Kentucky city websites


The good

  • There are instructions online about how to make a public records request.[2]
  • A budget is posted online.[3]
  • Meetings and their agendas are posted online.[4]
  • Elected officials and their contact information are posted online.[5]
  • Administrative officials and their contact information are posted online.[6]
  • Building and zoning restrictions are online.[7]
  • Property tax information is online.[8]

The bad

  • No audits, contracts, or lobbying information are online.

Elected Officials

Current City Council members are: Fred Atkins, Kimberly McCarley, Don Ahart, Paul Henson, Charlie Henderson, Ann Cherry, Peggy Rogers Everett, Marby Schlegel, Patricia Bell, Jimmy Dossett, Wesley Grimes, and Phillip Brooks.[9]

Mayor Dan Kemp

Mayor Dan Kemp was elected in November 2006. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in English and History from Murray State University and a Law Degree from the University of Kentucky. Before running for public office, Mayor Kemp practiced law in Hopkinsville for 32 years and served in many church and civic volunteer positions. He is a member of First United Methodist Church, where he is in the choir.[10]

Public employees

Of the city's expenses, 39%, or $9,630,139, will be spent on payroll. An additional 11%, or $2,734,010, will be spent on retirement contributions; 7%, or $1,731,547, on fringe benefits; and 2%, or $504,291, on police and fire pension debt.[11]

Emergency personnel

The fire chief is Fagan Pace, Jr.[12] The police chief is Guy Howie.[13]

Budget

See also: Kentucky state budget


Revenue

Total revenues for the general fund in 2010-11 were $23,880,596.[14] General fund revenue sources above $100,000 are:

  • Property tax - $3,650,000
  • Auto property tax - $300,000
  • Payment in lieu of taxes - $175,000
  • Bank deposits tax - $160,000
  • Payroll taxes - $12,000,000
  • Business licenses - $1,400,000
  • Insurance premium taxes - $3,300,000
  • Telecommunications franchise - $214,000
  • Gas franchise tax - $150,000
  • Transient tax room - $350,000
  • Building permit fees - $100,000
  • PILOT - $140,000
  • COPS program reimbursement - $223,548
  • School resource officer reimbursement - $166,653
  • Amb board labor reimbursement - $417,500

Other revenue sources were municipal road aid ($575,000) and grounds maintenance ($160,000), making total revenues for 2010-11 $24,615,596.[15]

Expenditures

Expenditures for 2010-11 total $24,615,596.[16] Expenditures above $100,000 are:

  • Administration department - $1,430,697
  • Tax department - $440,498
  • Information technology department - $594,235
  • Legislative department - $307,436
  • Police department - $6,199,995
  • Fire department - $5,542,505
  • Public works administration - $213,671
  • Street division - $886,828
  • Service center - $327,380
  • Parks and recreation - $398,472
  • Grounds maintenance - $886,294
  • Street municipal road aid fund - $575,000
  • City/county emergency communication center - $641,510
  • Hopkinsville/Christian County Library - $175,000
  • City/county planning commission - $357,323
  • Economic development council - $180,000
  • Planning commission - permits - $100,000
  • Tourism room expense - $350,000
  • Water park funding - $125,000
  • Inner city REZ - $500,000
  • Street lighting - $450,000
  • Insurance - $435,000
  • Building and properties - $127,500
  • Debt service - $646,000
  • Police and fire pension fund - $504,291
  • City grant matching - $100,000
  • Interfund transfer - $125,000
  • Transfer to capital fund - $1,135,000

Lobbying

See also: Kentucky government sector lobbying


Hopkinsville is a member of the Kentucky League of Cities, an taxpayer-funded organization that lobbies on behalf of Kentucky cities at the state and national levels.[17]

Transparency and Public Records

Hopkinsville posts information about how to make an open records request on their website.[18] There is no additional information about transparency online.

External links


References

  1. Wikipedia "Hopkinsville, Kentucky," accessed April 22, 2011
  2. Public records requests
  3. Budget
  4. Meetings and agendas
  5. Elected officials
  6. Administrative officials
  7. Building and zoning
  8. Property tax information
  9. City Council
  10. Mayor
  11. Public employee costs
  12. Fire
  13. Police
  14. Budget
  15. Budget
  16. [http://www.hopkinsvilleky.us/city-departments/administration/finance/finance-files/10-11%20Budget%20for%20First%20Reading.pdf Budget
  17. Kentucky League of Cities
  18. Open records