Fiscal Court Sends Message on Tax Vote

Oct 14, 2013

The McCracken county fiscal court will trim its budget following a vote to reduce taxes in one of the County's 15 special taxing districts. The districts pay taxes to help fund certain government programs like a fire department or library.  Fourteen of the districts opted to keep the same tax rate or accept a small increase. 

The tax cut  from the one district will save county tax payers 50 thousand dollars overall in real estate and tangible property tax. 

"As the state of Kentucky we perceived with all the government changes, the lockdown and everything else, I think it was our way of saying 'We're going to tighten our belts, and do with less.' Which we have done well real well at," Fiscal Court member Zana Renfro said. "But I think it was just trying to send that good message that we hear your complaints."


Jerry Byer, left, and Judge Executive Van Newberry listen to Chad Chancellor of Paducah Economic Development on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 at the McCracken County Courthouse.

In other news from last night's meeting McCracken County is set to receive a $1 million dollar federal block grant to renovate a downtown building to make way for TeleTech which plans to create more than 450 jobs in Paducah.  The fiscal court also entered executive session to discuss an ongoing personnel issue regarding an altercation involving emergency management director Paul Carter.