County holds line on taxes

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By Molly Haines

Despite talk of the national economy being on the rise, the Owen County Fiscal Court met Aug. 10 and decided to keep last year’s tax rates.

Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said the court could have taken the 4-percent increase.

“With the way the economy has been, I just didn’t feel that people could take that increase,” Keith said. “A 4-percent increase would have amounted to about a $2,000 difference in revenue.”

The real estate rate will remain at 11.8; the tangible or personal property at 14.2; watercraft and motor vehicle at 14.8; and aircraft at 14.8.

 The Owen County Soil Conservation’s tax rate was also approved by the court at .016.

The court approved repairs to be done to the solid waste compactor for $9,000.

Keith said the cause of a recent fire that destroyed the solid waste building was not electrical, but the arson investigator could not prove it was arson.

“The city of Owenton owns that building,” Keith said. “They are in the process of filing a claim with the League of Cities and they are going to build it back. The arson investigator couldn’t determine the cause of the fire.”

Approval of an agreement between the Owen County Friends of Animals and the Owen County Fiscal Court was tabled.

Keith said the agreement concerns the maintenance and upkeep of the Friends of Animals shelter.

Keith said the road department gave an update on a soil conservation project on the repair of bridges and low-water crossings.

“They are now working on Maddox Road and have completed their work on Brush Creek and most of Big Twin,” Keith said. “In some cases they are raising the crossings. They have an engineer that approves things and tells them what to do.”

The court authorized Owen County Road Foreman Greg Smoot to pay up to $5,000 for the purchase of a tractor from a state sale.

A court workshop will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m.