Research Shows That Office Does Not Need Approval From Fiscal Court: Already A Separate Tax District
Moriah Peterson, story:
Edmonson County residents will see an additional tax on their next property tax bills as a result of the county Conservation District having the authority to set their own tax without the fiscal court.
The Edmonson County Conservation District attended Fiscal Court on Monday February 29th to request additional funding for their programs and over the course of a few weeks, the Judge Executive's Office assisted the Conservation Office by researching different options for the requested funding on an already strapped county budget.
During today's Fiscal Court meeting it was confirmed that Edmonson County Conservation is already set up as a “special district” which means they have the ability to set a millage tax rate to use for their funding without the approval of Fiscal Court. Special taxing districts are those that have the ability to set their own tax rates, such as the health department, the Extension Office, and similar offices.
The Conservation Office stated they want to work with the court and County Attorney Greg Vincent in setting their budget and tax rate for funding. While the office isn't required to obtain any approval from fiscal court to set the rate for this new tax, they openly requested feedback from the court in addition to the help of County Attorney Vincent.
The rate will be set at a later date this year.