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.

Every year, the Fiscal Court estimates the funds needed to sustain the County Dispatch Operations, and studies 911 call data from the previous year. After calculating the total 911 calls to each parcel, the land use codes of all parcels are organized into several different land use density types. The portion of all 911 calls to those parcels are used to determine what portion of revenue these parcels are responsible for. The total allocated revenue responsibility is divided by total number of parcels of each land use density type, determining the fee for each parcel.

Fee GroupingDescription911 Standardized Fee 2019
Commercial Super RetailRetail over 25,000 square feet$2,630
Commercial Large RetailRetail between 7,500 & 25,000 square feet$435
Commercial Medium RetailRetail between 2,500 & 7,500 square feet
$435
Commercial Small Retail
Retail between 1,000 & 2,500 square feet$300
Commercial Tiny RetailRetail under 1,000 square feet$265
Commercial Non-RetailAll other Non-Exempt$245
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 $340)
High Density Residential40 or More Units$75 per unit (max $4,595)


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

Additional Information

If you believe there is a discrepancy or error in the 911 fee for your property, submit a 911 Fee Appeal form, and pay the remainder of your property tax bill to avoid penalties. 

If you still have questions, contact us by email.