Bell County taxpayers will not have to worry about increases this year.
During Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting, it was announced tax rates on real property, personal property, motor vehicles and forest fire protection will remain the same as last year.
“We certainly would love to lower taxes, but that’s a little tough in this (economic) environment,” Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock said.
The tax rate for real property was set at 11.3 cents and personal property was set at 14.9 cents, both per $100 of assessed value.
The motor vehicle and watercraft tax was placed at 14.9 cents per $100 assessed value as well.
For forest fire protection, the tax rate was set at 2 cents per acre per KRS 149.540.
“The fiscal court has been good stewards of the taxpayer’s tax dollars and in the hardest of economic times wouldn’t consider adding any more burden onto the Bell County citizens,” Brock said.
The fiscal court also approved payment to the Bell County Volunteer Fire Department in the amount of $12,405.15. The payment covers operating expenses and new radios.
“Those guys are doing a really good job. This new leadership through management of the fire department is doing it the right way,” Brock said about the current fire department board. “I’ve not seen anything but positive since they’ve changed hands. It’s been refreshing to work with them.”
Other business enacted during the meeting included:
• Payment of bills and making necessary transfer;
• Approval of minutes from previous meeting;
• Accepting the 2013 tax settlement for the Bell County Sheriff;
• Accepting the treasurer’s financial statement for previous month;
• Accepting the sheriff’s claim sheet for fee account for previous month;
• Approval of wages for all county employees.
Anthony Cloud can be reached at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.