Frequently Asked Questions
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No domestic animal (non-domestic animals are not allowed in the City) may be loose in Prospect. County and City ordinances both require an animal to be under the control of a person at all times. If you have a fence (including an invisible fence if your pet is wearing a control collar) then the animal is considered under your control. Pet owners must abide by the City’s “pooper-scooper” ordinance.
Animals found roaming free will be caught by the Police or Jefferson County Animal Control officers. When caught by Prospect Police, the animal will be placed in a cage at City Hall until Animal Control picks it up. Prospect Police will attempt to contact a pet’s owner if it has a tag.
Fines & Penalties: You are subject to a City fine and County penalties if your pet is picked up. In addition, the County’s animal shelter is on the other side of the County, so it is to your advantage to reclaim your pet as quickly as possible.
Prospect has a large population of wildlife and there are ordinances against hunting or mistreatment of animals. In regard to the removal of dead animals, the homeowner is responsible for the removal of animals found on their property. The city is responsible for the removal of animals that are on city-maintained property.
Generally, any improvements which you make outside your home, as well as remodeling projects, require a building permit from the City. Improvements and projects requiring permits include fences, swimming pools, sprinkler systems, additions, and the like. Improvements to driveways, mailboxes, or landscaping do not require building permits.
Permits must be obtained at City Hall. Most contractors are familiar with the process, but you are responsible for seeing that the permit is obtained. If construction is begun without a permit, a stop-work order and/or a fine may be imposed.
Residents who build in-ground swimming pools (no above-ground pools are allowed in the City) must also obtain a permit from the City, County, and from the County Board of Health.
You should be aware that many areas of the City have deed restrictions which may be more restrictive than City ordinances. Read your deed restrictions before you decide to buy or build.
Your city is dedicated to keeping all residents informed about its activities. The Mayor and City Council believe that only through informing residents of what the City is doing can it be responsible to you.
The “Prospect City Newsletter” is printed and mailed to every resident on a monthly basis. The newsletter may also be found on the website.
The “E-Mail” is a resident option. You may add your e-mail address by going to the OptIn page and registering. You will receive all the current information on City Hall activities and reminders of City Meetings.
The “Minutes” are the official record of the Council’s actions. Because these must be approved by the Council, they generally run a month behind. However, you can obtain “unofficial” minutes by subscribing to an e-mail version or viewing online. Residents are encouraged to attend meetings and can participate in discussions on issues which interest them.
The City has about 250 ordinances on a variety of subjects. You are invited to visit City Hall at any time and read the entire content of any ordinance, or search and read the ordinances online. At your request, we can also make copies of ordinances for a small photocopying charge.
A few of the specifics of some of our ordinances are:
- You cannot have an above-ground pool in the City. Wading pools no deeper than one foot nor greater than eight feet in diameter are not considered above-ground pools.
- Swimming pools must be surrounded by a fence.
- You cannot have a satellite dish more than 39.7 inches in diameter. Dishes may only be in back or side yards and screened from “public view.”
- You cannot have a chain-link fence in the City. You cannot have any fence in the front yard.
- You must have a permit to bring a boat, camper, or mobile home into the City. The Police can issue a permit to allow such vehicles to be at your home for a limited amount of time. No large trucks are allowed to be parked in Prospect.
- No one is permitted to solicit for donations or sell items in the City without a permit. If someone comes to your door for such a purpose, please notify the Police. Neighborhood children selling items such as Girl Scout cookies and Band candy are generally exempt from this ordinance.
- You cannot maintain a public nuisance in the City. Structures in dilapidated condition, high grass, loud noise, barking dogs and the like are considered nuisances.
- Outbuildings are prohibited on lots of less than three acres.
Fire protection is not a function of City Government. The Harrods Creek Volunteer Fire Department, a very modern and fully-equipped fire-fighting force, provides services for Prospect residents. The fire house is located at 8905 U.S. Highway 42.
Chief Kevin Tyler is in charge of the Fire Department. He can be reached at 228-1351 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a fire emergency, call 911.
Prospect is the only city in Jefferson County to provide twice-weekly back-door garbage and once-weekly back-door recycling pickups. In addition, the City provides curbside once-a-week pickup of yard waste (leaves and grass clippings).
Garbage pickup is on Monday and Thursday for half of the City, and on Tuesday and Friday for the remainder. Recycling pickup is on the second garbage pickup day of the week, and yard waste pickup is on the first garbage day. Call the City Hall at 228-1121 to determine your days.
You do not need to sort household recycling items. The sorting is done by the City Hall contractor. If you have moved into an existing residence, a green recycling container should have been left for you to use. If you have moved into a new residence, or there is no container, please call City Hall for a new one.
Yard waste, which is grass clippings and leaves, is collected year-around. However, please call the City Hall contractor at 568-3800 during the months of December, January, February, and March if you have such items to be picked up. Yard waste must be placed in paper bags or separate containers. Plastic bags are NOT acceptable.
Branches must be tied with cotton twine in bundles no longer than four feet and weighing no more than 40 lbs. and placed at the curb. Large items (except appliances with Freon) will be picked up at any time. If you have an unusually large amount of such items, please alert our contractor ahead of time.
If a garbage, recycling, or yard waste pickup is missed on your regular day, please call the contractor at 568-3800. Usually, the makeup will be the next day. If the problem persists, please report it to City Hall.
Entrances to the subdivisions in the City are primarily decorated by neighborhood groups for the holiday seasons. If you are interested in working with one of these groups, call City Hall for the name of the person in charge in your subdivision
Tax included in your insurance premiums
Jefferson County has a tax on all insurance premiums other than life insurance. The City of Prospect establishes this tax on its residents annually and receives the payment from your insurance carrier that is included in your insurance policies premium invoice. This tax for the fiscal year 2013-2014 is 7%. An additional tax of 1.8% is added to your invoice for the State of Kentucky, and a small additional fee is added by your insurance carrier for processing the tax. The Insurance and Property Taxes are the two major sources of income for the City.
Oldham County has a similar tax on insurance premiums. It is 10%.
Generally, the open areas in the City – in areas around the entrances to subdivisions and in traffic islands – are City property and are maintained by the City. The City also plants flowers and the garden clubs and homeowner associations are encouraged to augment these plantings, if they wish. Some areas still under development are maintained by the developers. The City has no responsibility for these areas.
The Police Department, which has a staff of five full-time officers and six part-time officers, including the Chief and Assistant Chief. The Police Department has headquarters in City Hall.
You will get two property tax bills: one from the County (which includes the Harrods Creek Fire Protection District, School Taxes, and County property taxes) and another from the City.
Current tax rate: 21.25 cents per $100 of assessed valuation of your property.
Due Date: October 1st annually
Late fees: October 2 - December 31 indicated on the bill. After January 1, taxes are considered delinquent and additional fees will be assessed. If you escrow taxes with your mortgage company, it is your responsibility to get the bill to the lender.
The City does not assess property. This is done by the County Property Valuation Assessor (PVA). If you wish to dispute your assessment, contact the PVA at 574-6380.
JEFFERSON COUNTY TAXES:
Metro = .1075%
School = .7100%
Fire = .1000%
State = .1220% /$100.