School board sets property tax rates

Published 4:10 pm Thursday, September 15, 2022

ABIGAIL ROBERTS

Correspondent

STANFORD – There were no public comments to be heard during the Lincoln County School Board’s public hearing on a proposed property tax rate increase last Thursday.

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The hearing was held Sept. 8, prior to the board’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting. No one from the public signed up to speak on the proposed rates.

Following the public hearing, the board voted unanimously to pass the proposed property tax rate increase.

The 4 percent revenue increase will decrease the real property rate to 52.2 cents per $100 of assessed property value, and the rate for personal property will remain at 54.5 cents per $100 of assessed value.

The new personal property rate is expected to generate about $6.8 million.

The previous year’s tax rate for real property was .532 (53.2 cents) per $100 of assessed value and .545 (54.5 cents) for personal property, which generated about $6.4 million in revenue.

The board also set the rates for motor vehicles at 54.2 cents per $100 of assessed value and a 3 percent utility tax.

In other business, the board:

• declared a list of books from LCMS as surplus to be donated to Knott County Library;

• approved a revised School Resource Officer contract with the City of Stanford Police;

• approved the purchase of six new school buses. According to Transportation Director Jeff Craiger, the cost is $143,954 each and will maintain an up-to-date fleet;

• approved the creation of an archery team at Waynesburg Elementary with a coaching stipend of $500 annually;

• Voted to approve an amendment process with the Kentucky Department of Education regarding the district facility plan. Board member Gloria Sneed voted against the motion;

• approved a Branscum Construction change order in the amount of -$11,049.99;

• approved BG 1 documents for the press box, turf and track;

• approved the 2022-23 working budget;

• voted to go into closed session per KRS 61.810 (1) (F) discussions which might lead to discipline of a student; no action was taken.