Christian Fiscal Court approved first reading of a slightly increased property tax ordinance this morning, with only one magistrate voting “no.”
Court approved taking the compensating rate, which would theoretically keep the county’s revenue at the same level as last year. The rate would tick up from 18.1 cents per 100 dollars of assessed value to 18.3 cents.
Judge-Executive Steve Tribble says sticking with the same rate and losing revenue would be a step in the wrong direction.
Squire Tom Jones was the only “no” vote, saying county government could meet its obligations without the tax hike.
Court will hear second reading of the ordinance August 21st.
In other action, court approved going into a one-year contract with Advanced Correctional Medical to provide health care services at the jail. Jailer Brad Boyd says he believes the agreement will ultimately result in cost savings and it will also provide a few more weekly hours of nurse coverage in the facility.
Magistrates also approved first reading of a tax increment financing agreement for the Oak Grove Village project.