(Harlan) The Shelby County Board of Supervisor’s passed the counties fiscal year 2013 budget at their meeting this (Tuesday) morning. There was no opposition during a public hearing on the new budget that carries with it a 10-percent tax increase.
“Yes we did have a 10-percent increase this year. But overall if we average out the last 10-years is it less than a 1-perent increase per year,” stated Marsha Carter, Shelby County Auditor. “The reason for that are the cuts and organizational changes that the board of supervisor’s has made over the years.”
Carter says for example, the county has contracted services that replaced full-time employees. She says by making those changes, the county has saved about $100,000 annually.
The county plans to bring in approximately $554,877 more tax money next year to offset increases in expenses including; wage increases, large increases in workman’s compensation insurance premiums, and secondary road expenses.
County officials say this year a tax increase is necessary to provide the same services to the county residents.
Under the proposed budget, residential property owners will see a two percent decrease in their taxes while commercial property owners would experience a three percent increase. Farmland owners will notice a 15-percent increase on ag land only, and a seven percent increase on ag property with dwellings.
Last year, farmland was increased seven percent, residential and ag property was up six percent. Commercial property saw a two percent increase.
February 7, 2012
2:00 p.m. news