July 17th , 2013 10:00 am Leave a comment

With budget in place, officeholders weigh options

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Although an 18-cent tax hike approved Monday means more revenue for Carter County, for many county offices, business will not continue as usual.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Assessor of Property Ronnie Taylor addresses the Carter County Commission during its meeting on Monday, July 15. Taylor asked that commissioners reconsider a cut to his and the county trustee’s offices’ budgets to allow for the printing and mailing of tax notices to county residents.

Several county offices are considering reducing, limiting, or cutting services to accommodate budget cuts approved at Monday’s meeting of the County Commission.

Only two departments – the health department and sessions court – saw no reductions, while budgets for three others – the sheriff’s department, jail, and civil service board – were increased.

Many of the remaining offices, however, may face difficult choices as to how to provide services that had, previously, been readily available to the taxpayers.

Two of those officeholders, Assessor of Property Ronnie Taylor and County Trustee Randal Lewis, approached the county’s Financial Management Committee to request a reduction in the budget cuts to help pay for the printing and mailing of tax notices to the county’s property owners.

“Taxpayers deserve a notice, especially when you raise their rate,” Taylor said.

Ultimately, the commission made no adjustments to the trustee’s or assessor’s budgets to account for the payment of tax notices. Still, Taylor said he intended to find some way to print and deliver the notices.

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