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HCS votes to maintain tax rate

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By Kelly Cantrall

Hardin County Schools’ board voted Thursday not to change its tax rate.

HCS board approved a total tax rate of 58.7 cents per $100 on assessed real and personal property, 54 cents on motor vehicles and a 3 percent tax on utilities.

The vote was unanimous. Board member Charlie Wise wasn’t present for the meeting.

With the rate, the district will receive approximately $1.5 million more in revenue because of an increase in property value assessments. Assessments have increased by about $177.6 million from last year.

The board held a forum before the meeting for community members to express views on the possibilities for school tax rates. No one attended.

The board met earlier in August to discuss what rate to advertise as a possibility, and the majority of members said then they didn’t feel comfortable raising the rate because of economic conditions.

They decided they didn’t want to lower the rate either, because of uncertainty with the district’s state funding, which didn’t come through last year.

There was no discussion Thursday at the meeting.

The maximum rate the board could have levied was 60.4 cents per $100 of assessed property.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.