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Proposed Scott budget keeps real estate, personal property taxes at current rates

Wes Bunch • Jun 18, 2013 at 9:32 PM

GATE CITY — The Scott County Board of Supervisors looks set to pass a $21 million budget for fiscal year 2013-14 later this month that will keep real estate and personal property tax rates at current levels.

A public hearing on the proposed budget will be held June 20 at the Scott County Administrative Offices in Gate City. The board is scheduled to vote on the budget during a called meeting June 27.

Supervisors must approve the budget prior to July 1, which is the beginning of the fiscal year.

The tax rates being proposed by the board would remain unchanged from the current fiscal year.

If the budget is adopted, real estate property tax rates would stay at $.69 per $100 of value, while personal property tax rates would remain at $1.40 per $100. The merchant’s capital and machinery and tools tax would also stay at its current rate of $.72.

According to the projected budget, which is balanced, the county expects to spend slightly more than $21 million, a decrease of roughly $1.3 million from the current year’s budget. The drop is due in large part to the elimination of extra one-time funding for schools.

Expenditures include $9.3 million in transfers to entities like the school system and social services and another $11.7 million for the county’s general expenditures.

The largest of the transfers is a $4.8 million allocation for Scott County Public Schools, which helps their total FY 2013-14 budget reach $33 million when state and federal funding is included.

The transfer amount does not contain an additional $360,000 requested by the schools. That money has been placed in a local government investment pool from the county’s general fund. County officials said the school system could access those funds on an as-needed basis.

The transfers also include $3.7 million for Scott Count Social Services and $160,000 for Scott County Economic Development property payments and rentals.

The largest county expenditure is public safety, which is projected to receive $5.3 million. Of that amount, more than $1.1 million is earmarked for the regional jail system, while the majority of the remaining funds are allocated for the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.

Public works would receive approximately $2 million in the budget’s current form, while the Scott County Parks and Recreation Department would receive $664,844.

On the revenue side of the budget, Scott County officials expect to collect at total of $8.3 million in real property taxes and another $1 million in personal property taxes. Other revenue in the budget includes $3.2 million in other local taxes, like sales tax, and $3.2 million in public assistance.

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