Three New Taxes Passed in Warren County

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

A $3 million projected budget shortfall has many Warren County agencies facing budget cuts. It also means new taxes for property owners.

Resolutions passed in Warren Fiscal Court on Thursday, creating three new taxes.

The new taxes will be a Public Health Department Tax, a Millage Tax for the Conservation District, and an Education Tax for the County Extension Office.

"People don't like taxes period", says Garnett Owens, the Chairman of the Warren County Conservation District.

Garnett Owens says, like most property owners, he too wasn't looking forward to new taxes, but they were necessary for these several agencies.

"If this had not passed, then we wouldn't have the money to have operated", says Owens.

Owens says the Conservation Office provides a number of programs to the area.

"We actually rent out equipment and farmers us it, other people use it", says Owens.

He says, the office needed this tax to continue operating.

The County Extension Office offers programs such as soil testing and plant disease identification, both of which are important to farmers.

Without the new taxes the office would have been affected and they say eventually the community would have taken a hit as well.

"And we would actually have to cut out some of the programs that were beneficial to the youth and consumers of Warren County", says County Extension Agent, Joanna Coles.

In total, the three new taxes will cost the average property owner less than three cents per $100 dollars of value. That's less than thirty dollars a year.

Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon said Warren County currently has the fourth lowest county tax rate in the state and said if these new taxes are approved, the end result would make the county 9th out of 120 counties.

Here is how the taxes look broken down:

  • Health Department: 2 cents per $100
  • County Extension Office: .006 cents per $100
  • Soil Conservation Office: .0035 cents per $100

    For these three agencies, they say it's worth it.

    "We'll all be paying a small portion to help keep the programs alive", says Owens.

    The Health Department Tax passed unanimously in Fiscal Court Thursday morning.

    The Conservation Millage Tax and the Extension Office's Education Tax passed 4-2.

    Magistrates Terry Young and Tommy Hunt voted against these two taxes.

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