Commissioners OK tax rate, hear others' rates

ERIC WALKER/The Mayfield Messenger

Graves County Public Library Director Deana Gschwind (right) addresses the Graves County Fiscal Court Monday afternoon about the library's 2019-20 tax rates. The court does not act upon the rates, but various agencies are required to report them to the county.

Tax rates were the main items on the Graves County Fiscal Court's agenda Monday with county commissioners approving the second reading for the2019-20 county rates, and other groups announcing their tax rates.

After a short opportunity for comments from the public on the county's proposal to keep its tax rates stationary -- and hearing no comments -- commissioners Todd Hayden, Richie Galloway and Tyler Goodman unanimously approved the county's rates for next year.

The rates were initially approved at the Aug. 26 fiscal court meeting. Judge-Executive Jesse Perry proposed keeping the rates at 0.96 cents per $100 of assessed value on real property and 10.5 cents on tangible property.

Seven special purpose governmental entities also presented their tax rates, though the court did not need to take any action on these items. Graves County Public Library Director Deana Gschwind announced the library would be keeping its real property tax rate steady at 5.5 centers per $100 assessment, but decreasing its personal property rate from 10.24 cents to 9.6 cents.

Other entities' tax rates, per $100 value assessment, remained the same, according to each group's representatives. They were:

• J. U. Kevil Memorial Foundation: 2.1 cents;

• Graves County Health Department: 3.5 cents;

• Graves County Extension District: 4.0 cents;

• West Fork Mayfield Creek Watershed District: .067 cents;

• West Fork Clarks River Watershed District: .5 cents;

• Obion Creek Watershed District: .0506 cents.

In other business, commissioners:

• approved advertising to bid for an ambulance per recommended specs for Mayfield-Graves County Emergency Medical Services;

• approved treasurer claims from Aug. 23 through Sept. 6 for general account ($166,652.78), road ($92,507.61), jail ($75,169.14) and emergency management ($1,987.13), as well as the August financial statement and ending balances for the general account ($272,675.98); alcohol regulatory licenses ($2,795.05); tax incentive fund ($274.95); ASAP ($77,474.31); grant account ($78,287.23); road ($886,466.31); jail ($22,160.53); escrow ($27,880.03); LGEA ($3,207.14); DES ($2,734.50); payroll ($52,832.89) and benefits ($25,106.73); and

• appointed Mary P. Toon to the Graves County Public Library Board of Trustees.

Eric Walker is the sports editor for The Mayfield Messenger. He has also worked as a staff writer for the Messenger, editor for the Murray Ledger & Times, and in public relations. He is married with two sons.