Fiscal court leaves tax rates unchanged

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Court also approves tax rates for health, airport boards

By Stephen Lega

The Marion County Fiscal Court has approved keeping its tax rates the same as they were last year.
During their Aug. 7 meeting, the magistrates voted 4-0 to keep the tax rates the same. Magistrate Larry Caldwell was not present during that portion of the meeting, although he did arrive later.
The fiscal court’s 2014 tax rates are 8.6 cents per $100 in real property and 10.9 cents per $100 in personal property, which include motor vehicles and watercraft.
The court also approved the tax rates for the Marion County Board of Health and for the local Airport Board District for 2014.
The health board’s tax rate will remain the same as it has been for several years, 3 cents per $100 for real and personal property.
The airport board tax rate is 1.1 cent per $100 of real and personal property.

In other business:
- Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly reported that the Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to return $112,000 to the fiscal court. Lisa Caldwell, the finance director for Marion County Public Schools, sent an email to Mattingly notifying him that the school board was scheduled to approve the check at its next board meeting (Aug. 12) and those funds should be available Aug. 13.
The county originally gave money to the school board for improvements and equipment at the Marion County Area Technology Center. The court requested to have the money returned so that it could purchase items directly.
- On a related matter, Kenny Marrett made a request on behalf of the Marion County Jobs Consortium for $19,148 for a piece of equipment for the industrial maintenance program at the ATC.
The fiscal court asked County Attorney Joe Mattingly to put together a memorandum of agreement with the jobs consortium. The court approved the purchase pending the signing of the memorandum of agreement.
- The court received the 2013 property tax settlement from Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements.
- The court approved a schedule for county officials and supervisors to complete mandatory sexual harassment training.
- The court approved a request to hire Stephanie Mills full-time at the Marion County Detention Center to fill a treatment counselor position. She will be replacing Lou Gribbins.
- The court approved allowing the sheriff to hire a full-time court security position at the Marion County Detention Center.
- The court went into executive session to discuss the possible purchase or sale of real property. No decision was made regarding property during last week’s meeting.
- The court voted in favor of getting bids for tuck pointing and masonry work at the old courthouse.
- The court approved $500 from Judge Mattingly’s general welfare fund to help cover the cost of an anti-drug billboard.
The court also approved a $500 sponsorship for Kentucky Classic Theatre for the recent performance of “Guys and Dolls.” That funding was $250 from Judge Mattingly’s general welfare fund and $50 from each magistrate’s community project fund.