County Tax Rates Will Remain The Same As Previous Year
Darren Doyle, story:
A short fiscal court meeting was held in lieu of a light agenda today in the Edmonson County courthouse. The fiscal court voted to keep property tax rates for this year the same as last for property, motor vehicle, and water craft taxes.
A special public hearing was held at 8:45am, prior to the regular meeting to allow public comments on tax rates from county residents, and there were none.
The rates will be as follows: (cents per $100)
Property taxes: 13.9
Tangible Property tax: 19.5
Inventory tax: 17.1
Motor Vehicle tax: 19.5
Water Craft tax: 19.5
Aircraft tax: 19.5
The Ag-Extension Office and Public Health tax rates also will remain the same as last year's.
The following county offices gave individual reports:
Road Report: County Road Foreman Greg Carroll updated the court regarding Aramark uniform service, with whom the county discontinued their agreement due to what they said was a breach of contract on Aramark's part. He said the company picked up the remaining uniforms and County Treasurer Tammi Willhite noted that the county had received another bill for their services. Judge Cannon noted that the bill will not be paid, due to the end in agreement.
Carroll said crews had finished paving five different roads in District 4 and had started work on Troy Goins Rd. He also reported that to date, over $628K in paving had been done by the county this year, which added up to over 16 miles.
Both Sheriff Shane Doyle and Emergency Management Director Terry Massey were attending meetings out of town so there were no Sheriff or EM reports.
Deputy County Clerk Jason Alexander reported that the delinquent tax sale is scheduled for tomorrow, September 10th.
Jailer Report: County Jailer Hank Vincent reported 27 county inmates currently housed at Hart County Jail with one more housed at Butler County Jail.
Community Center Rental:
At the last fiscal court meeting, a resident attended to request rental of the kitchen space in the community center for her for-profit lunch delivery business. The resident offered the county $15 per day rental on the kitchen only, Monday thru Friday. Normal price of renting the community center is currently $60 per day, which includes the kitchen and auditorium. The court voted to give Judge Wil Cannon authority to further research and bring a suggestion to the court at today's meeting.
Today, Cannon recommended a rental price of the entire community center at $30 per day, Monday through Thursday, with rentals staying at $60 per day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with the exceptions of holidays. Magistrate Mark Meeks said he had received calls from residents stating their opposition to renting the kitchen out for private businesses and said he felt it was unfair to other restaurants who are renting, owning, and maintaining their own facilities. Cannon said that the county rents out the space without becoming involved in the renters' private business matters, as long as "it's not illegal or immoral," even though to his knowledge, most all renters used the kitchen for private family or benefit events.
Meeks agreed, but noted that other users haven't requested to rent the facility on a consistent daily basis, and that commercial use isn't normally requested.
County Attorney Greg Vincent said if the court voted to rent the facility for commercial purposes, to also require commercial users to carry at least a one million dollar liability insurance policy, to protect the county's liability, to which Cannon agreed. A motion was made by Magistrate Edd Rich and seconded by Magistrate Clark Wood. That motion passed.
The court also voted to:
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 23rd, at 9am, in the Edmonson County Courthouse.