Squires nix lower real estate tax rate
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Despite a $401,431 surplus last fiscal year, Lyon County magistrates opted not to cut the county’s real estate tax rate at Thursday’s fiscal court meeting. Instead the court voted 2-1 to keep the county’s real estate tax rate at 10.9 cents per $100 property valuation.The tax rate has been 10.9 cents since 2009 and the county has shown surpluses each year.

Judge-Executive Wade White moved to cut the real estate tax rate to 10.5 cents per $100, but his motion died for lack of a second.

Then, on a motion by Magistrate Steve Cruce, seconded by Magistrate Charles Ferguson, the court voted to keep the real estate rate the same as it has been the last four years. Cruce and Ferguson voted for the motion and White dissented. Magistrate Buddy Nichols was absent.

The state Department of Local Government had recommended a compensating real estate tax rate of 11.9 cents this year.

The court also declined to lower the tangible property tax rate from 23.2 cents per $100 to 20 cents but unanimously voted to lower it to 21.7 cents.

White’s motion to lower the tangible property tax rate to 20 cents died for lack of a second, though Cruce’s motion, again seconded by Ferguson, passed 3-0. The court voted to keep the motor vehicle tax rate at 10 cents per $100 valuation.

On another issue, following a 10-minute closed session to discuss pending litigation, the court authorized County Attorney Brandon Knoth to continue negotiations with Freedom Waste Service of Louisville to recoup surcharges on trash pick up.

Earlier this year, the court sued Freedom Waste alleging breach of contract or breach of implied contract.

In July 2008, Freedom Waste contracted with the court after public bidding to collect trash in Lyon County. The price terms were: $26.50 per ton, $125 per haul for five years.

The county’s complaint alleges that after reviewing past billing in March, Freedom Waste “charged fuel surcharges, government state fees, environmental fees and excess charges of $150 for crusher hauls. These charges were in excess of charges subscribed and agreed to pursuant to the bid proposal.”

In other business the court:

n Heard a request from Bob Harbison of Eddy Creek Marina Resort asking to sell alcoholic beverages in the resort’s restaurant on Sunday. Harbison told the court he can’t sell until his expansion is completed next year, but he will lose business if his restaurant is unable to sell alcoholic beverages on Sunday.

“The Lamasco precinct has voted overwhelmingly for alcohol sales,” Harbison said.

It was explained that alcohol sales are governed by an ordinance, and to sell on Sunday will require amending the ordinance, a three-month procedure.

White agreed to put the issue on next month’s agenda.

n Tabled consideration of accepting Orman Road into the county system until all three magistrates are present.

n Approved roads under consideration for improvements.

n Approved putting Lyon County on a list of entities requesting a small piece of suplus military equipment to display at the Veterans Plaza.

n Learned delinquent taxes will be sold to third parties this week.
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