Magistrates keep taxes the same

Last updated: August 14. 2014 12:24PM - 652 Views
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The Logan County Fiscal Court decided unanimously Tuesday to keep the countywide tax rates the same at .130 for personal real estate and .220 for personal property. They could have chosen to take the compensating rate of .141 or 4 percent at .146. The county has not raised these taxes in seven years.


“I think we are doing a good job budgeting,” said magistrate Russell Poore, who made the motion Tuesday to stay the course. Poore mentioned the county has not had to cut services despite some expensive projects that came about, including the courthouse renovation and the digital radio system.


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The Russellville Arts Council officially received a $2,000 contribution from the Logan County Fiscal Court Tuesday. Arts Council Chairman Larry Vaught had come to the July 22 court meeting asking if the county could match a $2,000 contribution the City of Russellville had made to the program. Magistrates were very supportive of the idea, however, they wanted to wait and let county attorney Joe Ross look into how it could be done legally.


The court decided it would be best to give the contribution to the City of Russellville to distribute, similar to what the county did when they contributed to the Little League through the city’s recreational department.


The funds will be used to continue the popular dramatic productions the youth of the community has been providing, as well as creating a community youth choir.


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Logan County Ambulance Director Shane Johnson gave three quotes at Tuesday’s Logan County Fiscal Court meeting to purchase another heart monitor for the ambulance service. The fiscal court unanimously chose to purchase the monitor from Dixie Medical for $4,925.


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The Logan County Fiscal Court approved a request by Logan County Jailer Jim Ray asking permission Tuesday to delete two of the Logan County Detention Center’s six Tasers from the county inventory. The Tasers were given to the jail from the Logan County Sheriff’s Department last year when new ones were purchased for the department. Two of the six have gone down and must be destroyed.


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A new software package was approved for the Logan County Sheriff’s Department by the Logan County Fiscal Court Tuesday. The new software will be used for the collection of property taxes. Magistrates agreed to purchase the software from Government Utilities Technology Service (GUTS) for $4,750 with a maintenance of $1,500. This is the same software used by both the clerk’s office and the PVA.


Clerk Scottie Harper said he felt this new software would allow the tax collection to be more efficient.


Magistrate Jo orange felt it was a little pricey.


Captain Stephen Stratton of the sheriff’s department said the software will allow all three to network together.

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