Last updated: August 19. 2014 1:23PM - 468 Views
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The Grayson County Fiscal Court received updated tax rates from the Library, Extension Office and Health Department Boards at their regularly-scheduled meeting on Friday, August 15.


Library Director Lisa Jones was present to discuss the Library Board’s choice to take the compensating rate - the rate which will allow them to bring in roughly the same amount of revenue as the previous year.


Jones said that the board voted in favor of a 7.7 percent real estate rate, a 14.54 percent personal property rate, and a 3.11 percent motor vehicle rate.


The group expects to see revenue in the total amount of just over $1,048,000 dollars as a result, Jones said, explaining that the funds go toward the purchase of books and materials, maintenance and upkeep of both the building and the book mobile, as well as toward programming and other necessary expenses for the public library.


Speaking on behalf of the Extension Office’s board was Extension Agent Natalie Taul, who told the court that they had chosen to go with a real estate tax rate of 3.6 percent, a personal property tax rate of 7.03 percent, and a motor vehicle tax rate of 1.72 percent, for a total revenue of $462,090 for the year.


The court’s Judge Executive Gary Logsdon spoke on behalf of the Health Department Board, of which he is also a member. Logsdon explained that the board chose to keep the same rates as last year, with real estate at 2.6 percent, personal property at 3.0 percent, and motor vehicle at 3.0 percent.


The court approved that the rates go through to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, which handles the funds for the county, but pointed out that they do not have authority to set the rates themselves or to ask these boards to change their rates.


In other Fiscal Court news:


- Dennis and Pam Jaggers, local organizers of the annual Extreme 3:16 Youth Rally which will be held this September 12 and 13 at the Grayson County Fairgrounds, discussed with Fiscal Court members their fundraising for the event, which is entirely free to the public and is supported by local donations.


Jaggers told the group that costs are kept to a minimum for the drug awareness event which draws hundreds of visitors, and that they have already raised more than $2,000 toward this year’s total cost of just over $3,000.


“Any help we can get would be greatly appreciated,” Jaggers explained.


The Christian event includes performances from a large variety of musicians and other acts, speakers, volleyball and cornhole tournaments, and free meal.


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