FLEMINGSBURG | City council members unanimously voted Monday to amend a current animal ordinance to ban ownership of the pit bull breed of dogs within city limits.
According to Mayor Marty Voiers, the ordinance previously allowed pit bulls to be within city limits, but required the animals to be registered and for owners to maintain insurance.
"We allowed the dogs, but registration and insurance had to be maintained," he said. "If something happened, the dogs were taken away."
Voiers said the council chose to amend the ordinance after receiving numerous complaints about incidents involving the dogs.
"We have had numerous complaints about the dogs running lose and we've had incidents with people being chased and bit," he said. "The council thought it would be best to ban the dogs before something more serious happened."
Voiers said everything else in the ordinance, which also bans keeping pigs, swine, hogs, poultry and bee hives within city limits, remains unchanged.
Voiers said the first reading of the amendment was passed unanimously.
According to Voiers, the penalty for continuing to harbor a pit bill after the ordinance is passed, is $250.
"If someone is found to have a pit bull on their property, they will be asked to remove it," Voiers said. "If they don't, the (Flemingsburg) police will remove the dog and the owners will face a fine."
Voiers said the ban will begin 30 days after the second reading of the ordinance is passed, which will likely take place during the next regular meeting on June 10.
Also during the meeting, council approved the second reading of the three 2013-2014 fiscal year budgets.
The general fund budget includes a carryover amount of $683,735 and estimated revenue of $2.6 million for a total of $3.3 million. The total appropriations for the fiscal year are estimated at $2.8 million, leaving an expected end-of-year fund balance of $515,243.
The utility system budget includes a carryover amount of $1.5 million and an estimated revenue of $14.5 million, for a total of $16.1 million. The total estimated appropriations are $14.7 million, leaving an anticipated end-of-year balance of $1.4 million.
The cable television provider budget includes a carryover of $37,902 and an estimated revenue of $26,211 for a total of $64,113. The estimated appropriations are $13,480, leaving an projected end-of-year balance of $50,633.