Three taxing districts presented their 2014 tax rates at the Tuesday, Aug. 26 Logan County Fiscal Court meeting as part of a new requirement bringing them to the largest county meeting to present the rates. Although the Logan County Fiscal Court has no authority on the tax decisions of these districts, they do take task to acknowledge them and if needed, voice opinion.
First up was the Logan County Public Library who sent King Simpson, director, to inform magistrates of a recent meeting by the library board of directors on Aug. 18th where it was decided the district would take the compensating rate. This decision will generate an estimated increase of $48,470 in revenues from 2013 to 2014.
The board had the choice to stay the same, take the compensating rate or take a four percent increase. Staying at the same rate as 2013, said Simpson, (8.9 cents per $100), however, could have actually produced a decrease in revenues of $31,723. The compensating rate for real estate is .092 and for real property .1184.
Magistrate Jo Orange asked Simpson about any increases there were in expenses to the new library, which was built last year. Simpson noted a slight increase in utility costs saying the new library had a bigger water meter in the new building than in the old one before. The electric is up some and there is an expense for the fire alarm system, but increases have only been about $526 additional dollars per month and nothing that would affect services.
Gary Michael Templeman spoke on behalf of the Logan County Extension Service telling the court his board had met and decided to stay at the same tax rate as 2013, which is 5.10 for real estate, 7.09 for real property.
Magistrate Russell Poore said he felt the extension service did a lot for the community and commended the job they do. He also noted the Ag Arena and all the events held there.
Judge Executive Logan Chick gave the report for the Logan County Health Department taxing district, as he serves as the chairman of the board. The board chose to stay the same as it has since its beginning at 0.02.
The court acknowledged all entities tax presentations.