A topic which has surfaced several times over the past several months was once again addressed this week during the regular meeting of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners.
Jackson County Job and Family Services Director Tammy Osborne-Smith was present for the Tuesday, April 11 meeting to present the board with a certificate of estimated property tax revenue, which is in conjunction with her desire to place a 1.5-mil tax levy on 2017 general election ballot.
The purpose of this levy, which she explained during the reading of an accompanying resolution, is to provide care, support, placement and protective services for the Jackson County Department of Children Services, for children who are victims of physical and sexual abuse, neglect or exploitation in the county.
As per information obtained from County Auditor Clyde Holdren, Osborne-Smith explained the estimated property tax value that would be produced by a 1.5-mil levy (assuming the tax valuation remains constant throughout the life of the levy) is calculated at $813,849. The total tax valuation of the subdivision used in calculating the estimated property tax valuation, according to Osborne-Smith, is $52,566,190.
As an example of what this additional tax would mean for taxpayers, Osborne-Smith said a 1.5-mil levy for a property owner with a home valued at $100,000, would mean a cost of about $52.50.
Before a motion to adopt and pass the proposed resolution was made, Commissioner Ed Armstrong explained his stance on new taxes in the county.
"The only way I would ever support a new tax would be to allow the folks of the county to vote on it," Armstrong said. "Let them decide if they want to pay it or not."
The measure was unanimously approved in the form of Resolution 67-17.