muhl courthouseMUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (9/18/18) — Muhlenberg Fiscal Court voted 3-2 to approve the county’s latest tax rate reflecting a 4 percent increase in revenue from real estate and tangible property taxes during the ordinance’s second reading Thursday.

The tangible rate will go from 10.2 to 10.6 while the property tax rate will go from 10.3 to 10.7.

A tax hearing preceded the regular fiscal court meeting to allow public comment.

John Thompson and Republican candidate for judge-executive Mack McGehee addressed the court saying the county should tighten its belt rather than raising taxes.

McGehee said he often passes by the courthouse before daylight to see the courthouse lights on. He also said the county finished with a $500,000 surplus at the end of the last fiscal year and that cutting expenses would be better than raises taxes on citizens.

Magistrate Cozy Chappell said without increasing revenue, the county would have to cut services to its citizens. She asked Thompson and McGehee which services they would like to cut and that the court would consider it.

When the vote was held Tommy Watkins, Chappell and Joe Mitchell voted to approve the county’s tax ordinance with Brent Sherrod and Darren Benton opposing.

In other business, Benton informed the court that Jason Vincent of the Pennyrile Area Development District would be at the next fiscal court meeting with information about the PADD Master Road Plan that is being utilized in Christian, Caldwell and Trigg counties.

Judge-Executive Rick Newman asked for a motion to go into closed session for personnel matters at the end of the meeting. No action was taken upon return to open meeting.

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director
Region 3 Vice President

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