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Roads & Taxes: Fiscal court approves tax rates

By: Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

Carter county fiscal court met in special session last Thursday to discuss employee issues, discuss road equipment, and approve property tax rates in the county. 

The only property tax rates that saw an increase for 2020 were those for the ambulance board. That body voted in their regular August meeting to increase their tax rate by the maximum allowed 0.4 percent, or an increase from 0.096 to 0.10 cents per $100 of valuation for both real estate and tangible property. Fiscal court approved that change, and also approved tax rates for the agriculture extension agency and the county. Those two bodies stayed the same, with the rate for the extension agency at 0.04636 per $100 of valuation for real estate and 0.047532 for tangibles. The county’s tax rate is 0.075 for real estate and 0.086 for tangibles. 

The court also discussed road equipment and road issues, moving to add another $98,000 to the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) loan they approved during a special session meeting last month for the purchase of trucks and equipment. That brings the total for that loan to $495,000. 

In personnel action the court moved to hire Josh Gollihue on as a full time courthouse custodian and maintenance person. Magistrates made that decision after discussing various personnel and pending litigation issues in executive session. 

In other action the court moved to authorize judge executive Mike Malone to accept the highest bid above the reserve in the counties closed-bid truck auction last week, authorized county attorney Brian Bayes to enforce the county’s rights under a 911 interlocal agreement, and moved to re-appoint members to the Agricultural Extension Board. The two members reappointed to the Carter County Extension Council were Starlene Harris and Jane Qualls. 

Contact the writer at editor@cartercountytimes.com

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