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Often the local government boards that bring in the most tax revenue are those that get the most attention around tax time, but there are several special taxing districts in Spencer County that may not be familiar to the taxpayers.
Three of those districts include the Spencer County Public Library Board, the Spencer County Conservation District and the Plum Creek Watershed Conservancy District — which is assisted by the conservation district.
This year, the Spencer County Public Library Board, which consists of John “Sammy” Crafton, Fred Tankersley, Natalie Cecil, Linda Jeffiers and Patrick Stevenson, voted to levy the compensating tax rate for 2012. That move will increase the real property rate from 2011’s 4.2 cents per $100 of assessed value to 4.4 cents per $100 of assessed value — a 5.5 percent rate increase. The personal property rate will also increase from 10.72 cents per $100 of assessed value to 11.31 cents per $100 of assessed value — a 5.5 percent rate increase from 2011. The motor vehicle/watercraft tax remains the same as last year at 3 cents per $100 of assessed value.
The compensating rate is the rate identified that allows a taxing entity to bring in a revenue stream comparable to what that entity brought in the previous year. Factors such as new properties and shifting property values can and do affect the rate. In some cases, enacting the compensating rate can mean a lesser rate, while in other cases, it means an increased rate.
The Spencer County Conservation and the Plum Creek Watershed Conservancy Districts voted to leave tax rates at 2011 levels. The Conservation District Board, which consists of Glen Goebel, Paul Jeffiers, Lowry Brown, Robert Jones, Alvis Shirley, Thomas Franklin and Sidney Ware, enacted a real property tax rate of .0087 cents per $100 of assessed property value. The conservation district does not collect a personal or motor vehicle tax.
The watershed conservancy district — which includes five flood retarding structures around Plum Creek and only includes certain landowners — levied its real property tax rate at .012 cents per $100 of assessed value. That rate is the same as the 2011 rate.
The Plum Creek Watershed Conservancy District consists of John Crenshaw, Rudolph Spurr, Alvis Shirley, Fred Heady and Elva Keeling.