Property taxes will likely stay the same in Todd County after a consensus was reached by Fiscal Court Friday morning.
Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield asked magistrates if they were agreeable to leaving it at 9.9 cents per 100 dollars of assessed value and he received their approval. Judge Greenfield said they could have reduced it to 9.8 to maintain the same revenue or enacted a small tax hike to receive an additional four percent in revenues.
The judge said he didn't see any need in recommending a tax increase when it's not absolutely necessary.
Todd County Attorney Mac Johns praised Fiscal Court and Judge Greenfield for their stewardship of the county's money in recent years. He said while the budget has had to grow and more employees have been hired, there are very few, if any, unnecessary expenses in the county's budget.
The tax rate proposal will be published two times in the Todd County Standard and will be heard on first reading at the August 23 meeting.
In other action, Jailer Greg Allen said the food service at his facility will not be contracted out upon further review after Johns reviewed the contract and determined the vendor didn't have enough liability insurance built in. Forcing them to purchase additional coverage would change the cost per meal and Allen decided to stay put for now.
Allen's report says he received an email stating inmates from the recently closed Marion Adjustment Center will be transitioned to county jails over the next eight weeks.