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Shively's mayor wants to give every property owner $100

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Mayor Sherry Conner explains her plans at her desk. Mayor Sherry Conner explains her plans at her desk.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Shively neighbors could get 100 bucks in the mail with no strings attached.

It’s not a scam; the city’s Mayor wants to give property owners stimulus checks.

“We have practiced good business and we have been fortunate and I just feel like we should give money back to our property owners,” said Mayor Sherry Conner.

What would you do with the money?

“Pay a bill, gas money, groceries, help out the kids,” Shively home owner Debbie White said.

Another resident, George Robinson also believes the money would go to good use.

“I just purchased my property here and found out I have a leak in my roof,” said Robinson.

Mayor Conner said the city has been banking surplus taxes since 2011 putting “at least” a million dollars into savings a year. Handing a $100 to every property owner is expected to cost the city $500,000.

Shively earned national attention four years ago for the same kind of stimulus. Each owner gets $100 per property as long as they're in good standing -- no liens, no code violations, current on taxes.

But don't spend the money just yet, three Shively City Council members are pushing for a more tangible investment.

“I think we can use security cameras in trouble spots, more police on patrol -- sidewalks in the community – where the residents can have something they can see rather than the money in their pockets,” Councilman Chester Burrell said. “That money in the pocket is going to go like that and then what do they have to show for it.”

The measure squeaked by a first reading on Tuesday and is up for a final vote later this month.

“It may be only the second time I've had to break a tie but you never call for a vote unless you know how it's going to go,” Mayor Conner said.

When asked if Conner was trying to buy taxpayers votes, the mayor said her next election is 2019 and after 24 years in public office she doesn't know if she's going to run.

If approved, those stimulus checks would be mailed out before Christmas.

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