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County lowers property tax rates

SALYERSVILLE – The Magoffin County Fiscal Court met in regular session on Tuesday, July 18, discussing tax rates and county road list updates.

During departmental reports, Deputy Judge Kevin Howard updated the fiscal court on the Industrial Park Water Project, noting they are waiting on AEP to connect electricity to the pump stations. At Ramey Memorial Park he said new security cameras are scheduled to be installed later this week. The basketball courts are being re-striped, but they’re not completed, yet. He said 13 new benches are being installed throughout the park, with eight benches to go at the time of the meeting.

At Battlefield Park, the basketball goals and backboards have been ordered. Three new water hydrants have been installed at the Magoffin County Horse Park to help water the horses. He said the track has been re-grated, wrapped and resurfaced with Class 1 sand.

Howard also noted that another veteran’s dedication ceremony is scheduled for July 29 at 1 p.m. for Orville Conley on Old Burning Fork. Private Orville Conley was killed in action in Italy during World War II and his body was never recovered. In April this year the court approved a resolution ceremoniously naming Old Burning Fork from mile point 0.00 to mile point 0.513 to be forever known as Private Orville Conley Memorial Road.

Under fund transfers, the court approved the following from the general fund: $43,000 to the jail fund, $40,000 to the LGEA fund.

The court approved the incoming sheriff’s 2022 settlement of property and franchise taxes.

They also approved the real and personal property tax rates for 2023-2024, accepting the Department of Local Government’s calculation of 44 cents per $100, down from 46 cents last year. They approved the motor vehicle and watercraft tax rates for 2023-2024, as well, which are at the same rates they have been since 1983, at 16.3 cents per $100.

The court approved a renewal contract of an equipment lease with Thomas Shelby & Company for the chairs in 911, which will replace the chairs every year.

The fiscal court approved the petitions to close Bandy Cemetery Road and Tim Branch, per the landowners’ signed requests.

They also approved to adopt Rodney Perkins Road, located on S. Long Branch on Johnson Fork, into the county road system at the request of the property owners.

The court approved surplus items, including a 2011 Chevrolet 1500, with an auction set for August 19 at 9 a.m. Pictures and descriptions of the items included in the surplus items auction will be released soon.

They also approved a change order for the Veterans’ Memorial at Ramey Memorial Park totaled at $18,875, which will come out of the coal severance park project funding and will have the old concrete demolished and replaced to match up with the new sidewalks, as well as include extra lighting for the memorial.

The next regularly scheduled Magoffin County Fiscal Court meeting is tentatively slated for Tuesday, August 15 at 6 p.m. in the fiscal courtroom of the Magoffin County Court House Albert Patrick Building.

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