Lawrence Fiscal Court meets in special meeting Monday morning to set Tax Rates
The much anticipated meeting was called to order by Rick Blackburn, acting judge, because Judge Exec. Phillip Carter was not in attendance during today’s meeting. Carter has drawn attention to the 14.7 % tax rate set through the years by the library board which is completing a $3.5 million addition next week.
But there was no mention of it at the special meeting.
There was no announcement from Carter’s office about the reason Blackburn, as agreed to by the magistrates present, conducted the meeting as acting judge pro tem.
Chris Jobe said a prayer and then all in attendance said the Pledge of Allegiance.
A motion was made to accept a Tax Rate for Real Estate, Tangible and Documented Watercraft/Aircraft at 16.8 %. Motor Vehicle Tax Rate was accepted as well at 6.83.
Next on the agenda was to accept Special Districts Tax Rates which include the LC Extension Office at 10.91, Soil and Conservation at 2.4, the Health Dept. at 6.0. and the Library Board Real Estate is at 14.30 and Tangible is at 14.70.
Superintendent of Lawrence County Schools, Dr. Robert Fletcher was in attendance to present the court with the School Board Tax Rates.
” It would have been beneficial to the School board to increase the rate, but we felt like during these times, it would be better to leave it a compensating rate”, Fletcher told the court. He went on to say that the school board did not take any options such as the 4% option leaving it at the compensating rate, which is less than last year. Real Estate Property for last year was 59.6 and Real Property Compensating rate this year is 58.0 for Lawrence County Schools. Fletcher says that Motor Vehicle Tax Rate is 35%, utilities is at 3% and another 3% is given to the Sheriff’s Dept. for what they do to help.
Neil Wilson with the Lawrence County Fire District was at today’s meeting. Mr. Wilson says that they have a contract and pay Louisa Fire Dept. $29,400.00 each year to service a five mile radius outside of Louisa. He also said that Louisa Area Fire and Rescue is 3.0.
There were members from the Library Board at today’s meeting, however they did not comment on the Library Tax Rate.
There were no public comments and all Agenda items were accepted and approved.
- Opening Prayer
- Pledge of Allegiance
- Call Meeting to Order
- Set County Tax Rates (Real Estate, Tangible, and Documented Watercraft/Aircraft
- Accept Special Districts Tax Rates-LC Extension, Soil & Conservation, School Bd., Health Dept. Fire District, Library Bd.
- Authorize PVA not to print any Tax Bill< $10.00
- Approve Resolution and Agreement Between LC Fiscal Court and Rural and Municipal Aid
- Public Comments