The Lyon County Fiscal Court discussed a proposal from a local fire department Thursday to change the way fees are collected from residents within its coverage area.
The Trigg-Lyon Fire Department’s standard procedure has been to collect fees via letter to all residents in its service area. It has operated as a subscription or fee that residents in that service area can pay to support the department. However, the department asked the fiscal court to collect those fees moving forward via the annual tax bill to residents.
The fiscal court did not approve the proposal.
“That puts a lot of layers of government into (the process) and that can make the fees go up (in price) to collect and that’s why I’m against it,” Lyon County Judge-Executive Wade White said.
Sheriff Brent White’s duties include managing tax collection policy through real property in his office. “We had several little (issues) with the proposal,” he said. “One is that we’re at the maximum capacity of taxing districts right now.
“Lyon County is a small county and so we have several taxing districts. For example, you have state government, county government, the local school district, the local health department, the county extension service, the ambulance taxing district, and the health department. And so, there’s just not much more room (on the tax forms).”
“We have two additional fire taxing districts in the county: Rural District No. 1 and Rural District No. 2. So, I’m at a capacity with my electronic collection process that I probably would have to upgrade (computer hardware and software) from what we have now.”
A motion was made to vote on the proposal, but it died for lack of a second.
In other news:
• The Lyon County Library chose to take the compensating tax rate this year, which means the library will receive essentially the same funding amount the library collected last year.
• The fiscal court voted unanimously to set fees at the county landfill of $100 to unload a double-axle dump truck and $50 for a single-axle dump truck.
“These are dump trucks with higher sides on them than a trailer, so they can hold more trash,” the judge-executive said after the meeting. “The fiscal court set the rate so that when someone comes in with a single-axle, the maximum they’ll pay is $50, but they could pay less, if it is not full and the same principle applies for the double-axle, with a maximum fee of $100, which could be less for a lighter load.”
• The fiscal court scheduled a tax hearing for 10 a.m. Sept. 3 at the courthouse. Tax rates will be set at that special called meeting.
• The fiscal court appointed Phil Domke to the planning and zoning commission, and reappointed current members of the ethics commission.