MIDNIGHT VOTE BY COMMISSIONERS RAISES PROPERTY TAX

MIDNIGHT VOTE BY COMMISSIONERS RAISES PROPERTY TAX

While much of the county was asleep Monday night, the county commission set the county’s property tax rate at $2.73 in order to fund its 2019-2020 fiscal year budget.

The $2.73 tax rate, which is the 59 cent increase proposed by the county’s Budget and Finance Committee, wasn’t approved until around midnight by a 15-9 vote.

The vote took place at the end of a more than five hour meeting which began at 7 p.m. and concluded shortly after midnight. A motion was first made to set the property tax rate at $2.73. An amendment to that motion to increase the current property tax rate by 43 cents to $2.57 failed by a 13-11 vote.

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