In January, councilmember Preston Worley filed “for re-election as your 7th District Councilmember,” saying, “It is an honor to serve the city of Lexington, and especially the 7th district. I am proud of the work we’ve done and look forward to what the future holds for our great city. Here’s to 2022.”

Former Hamburg councilperson Angela Evans filed in January to run for Fayette County Attorney. Angela Evans is a native of Lexington, Kentucky and recently earned her Master of Public Policy from Princeton University. Immediately prior to attending Princeton, Angela served as the 6th District Councilmember on the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government Council.

Leadership Lexington and Urban Impact

Urban Impact announced that the Leadership Lexington Foundation was selected as one of 34 Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Awardees. Over 5 million dollars in grants were made nationally. LLF has received a $125,000 grant to enhance Urban Impact’s efforts to increase engagement with African American men and youth through mentoring, youth programming, and fatherhood initiatives. Urban Impact, on Codell Drive, creates “opportunities for Lexington’s Urban Children and Youth to Grow, Succeed, and Lead.” Urban Impact is looking for awesome volunteers to help out at their Academy after-school program. Volunteers assist with homework help, reading, art, sports, cooking, and more.

Lexus for the Little Ones

Join Lexus of Lexington’s 6th annual fundraiser — Lexus for the Little Ones— benefiting the Woodhill Community Center and UK Children’s Hospital for a chance to win a 2022 LEXUS ES 350. The Grand Prize drawing is scheduled to be held on Lexus of Lexington’s Facebook Live on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 4 pm EST. The winning ticket will be drawn at random from a drum containing all eligible Raffle tickets. The drawing will be held on Facebook Live and viewable by the public.

Sticker Shock?

Lexington’s PVA Reports, “As many of you already know or will discover when you renew your car tags, the property tax portion of your vehicle registration costs have increased (see attached examples). Here’s why.
“The property tax you pay along with your registration fees is based on the value of the vehicle – known as an “ad valorem” tax. Per Kentucky statute (KRS 132.485) automobile values are derived from the trade-in value published by a “standard manual” which for many years has been NADA book values as determined by J.D. Power.
“The NADA values come directly from actual sales data collected nationally and are direct reflections of recent supply and demand. For the last two years or so, the supply of vehicles has been compromised due to manufacturing shutdowns and various supply chain issues. Since fewer new cars are available for purchase, the existing supply of used cars have increased in value. The result is a significant increase in used car prices. A recent USA Today story suggests the average price of a used car is now $29,000. I have no opinion on the efficacy of the values in the USA Today story, but can confirm that increased vehicle values are reflected in the most recent data uploaded to Kentucky’s motor vehicle database from J.D. Power.
“While the PVAs administer the valuation process, we have very little discretion in terms of automobile values on an individual basis. However, if you can document excessive miles on the odometer, or have repair estimates for damage to your vehicle, the PVA office may be able to make a value adjustment. If you have any questions please direct them to PVA@FayettePVA.com.”

This article also appears on pages 6-7 of the February 2022 print edition of Hamburg Journal.

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