Whitesburg KY

Fiscal court accepts school tax rates, talks about park

At a special called meeting on Tuesday, the Letcher County Fiscal Court voted unanimously to accept tax rates that were delivered to the court by the Letcher County Board of Education as well as the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education.

Judge/ Executive Jim Ward said the court’s vote only indicates that it did receive the rates from both bodies, but he said the court does not play any role in setting tax rates for either board or for other special taxing districts in the county.

Jenkins Independent Schools set its tax rates as 83 cents per $100 of assessed value on real and personal property, (real estate and other physical property); 69 cents per $100 on motor vehicles, and 3 cents per $100 on watercraft, utilities, and aircraft.

The Letcher County Board of Education accepted the state’s recommended compensating tax rate and set its tax rates as real estate property, 62.5 cents per $100 of real estate, 62.5 cents per $100 on tangible property, 49.6 cents per $100 on motor vehicles and watercraft, and the utility tax rate is set at 3 cents per $100.

The compensating tax rate is established by the Kentucky Department of Revenue to allow a taxing district to maintain its current level of tax income, thereby receiving the same amount of taxes it received the previous year in light of changes in property tax valuations.

In other business, Fifth District Magistrate Wayne Fleming questioned appropriations made to the City of Fleming-Neon for the construction of a new stage for the city’s stage area that was dedicated to the late Tim Hall, a founding member of the Neon Days Committee, who also performed at Neon Days celebrations. Fleming said the original appropriation had been made for a park in the Fleming area, which was supposed to be named for Hall.

Fleming said there is still no park in the community of Fleming and that the city already had a stage. Judge Ward replied that the city had requested the change and that it had been approved by Hall’s widow, Karen Hall, a former member of the Fleming-Neon City Council.

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