County property tax 8.01 mills

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Less revenue needed with new assessments

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

The Levy County Commission — absent one member due to sickness — unanimously approved a property tax of 8.01 mills on Monday evening and a budget of $61,235,783 for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

The final millage is the result of a compromise by the commission which voted last week to raise property assessments for fire and emergency medical services to $90 and $119, respectively, to cover the cost of operations and to end using property taxes to cover those operations.  

The 8.01 mills is  expected to bring in $12,947,479 for the general fund next year.

The decisions on taxes and services assessments means every property owner in the county will be contributing to fire and EMS services. By using property taxes to cover operational costs, at least 15 percent of county homeowners were not contributing to the service as exemptions reduced their tax bill to zero. As many as 55 percent of the county's homeowners pay $200 or less in property taxes due to a myriad of exemptions.

Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown (R-District 3) was absent due to medical reasons, said County Coordinator Fred Moody.

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