Land Use Density Fee (911)

Changes to the 911 Service Fee

Previously, Kenton County funded 911 emergency dispatch operations through an annual per parcel fee, whereby, each parcel in Kenton County was levied a fee of $60 on its county property tax bill. Kenton County is migrating to a land use density fee. Every parcel will be assessed a fee based on the land use as defined by the Property Valuation Administrator's office (PVA).

How the Fee is Calculated

Actual cost is calculated by using the calls for service in each land use category so that each group is paying a fair fee.

The Fiscal Court estimated the funds needed to sustain the County Dispatch Operations, and studied 911 call data from 2015 and 2017. After calculating the total 911 calls to each parcel, the land use codes of all parcels were organized into seven different land use density types. We then used the portion of all 911 calls to those parcels to determine what portion of revenue these parcels were responsible for. We divided the total allocated revenue responsibility by total number of parcels of each land use density type and standardized the fees for ease of billing.

Fee GroupingDescription911 Standardized Fee 2018
Commercial Large RetailRetail over 25,000 square feet$2,630
Commercial Small RetailRetail under 25,000 square feet$435
Commercial Non-RetailAll other Non-Exempt$530
Public UseEmergency Service
Government Offices and Churches
$75
Low Density Residential and Agricultural1 to 3 Units$75
Medium Density Residential4 to 39 Units$75 per unit (max $500)
High Density Residential40 or More Units$75 per unit (max $6,765)


No residential land use will owe more than $75 per unit.

Additional Information

See our informational pamphlet (PDF). If you still have questions, contact us by email.