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Delinquent property tax payers need to act now

Payment plans need to be set up through County Attorney

By Eugenia Jones

During the June 10th regular McCreary County Fiscal Court meeting, County Attorney Austin Price encouraged those with unpaid property taxes to contact his office to set up a payment plan on unpaid taxes while there is still time to avoid property tax bills being purchased by third parties.  Price said sixty day notices concerning unpaid property taxes are now being mailed to those with delinquent property taxes.  Price noted property tax bills will be up for sale on August 31.  At that point, payment plans cannot be arranged through the county attorney’s office and property owners will be forced to deal with third party purchasers.  Hefty fees are added to the tax bills at this point.  Price urged property owners with delinquent property taxes to act now to avoid the purchase of their property by a third party.

In other business, the Court:

-Opened bids for goods & Services and will vote during next meeting.

-Approved letting bids to purchase 2 transport vehicles for ambulance service.

-Approved hire of EMT, heavy equipment operator, and general laborer (seasonal.)

-Approved payments from incoming Community Block Development Grant to Kabar Manufacturing Corporation of $48,360.  This makes approximately $700,000 of the grant spent by OVC/Fibrotex.  When the one million dollar grant is spent, OVC/Fibrotex will repay the grant by making payments to the McCreary County Industrial Development Authority for local economic development.  Funding for the grant is not locally sourced; however, repayment is made to the local economic development authority.  County government processes the grant but does not fund it.

• Approved $6,000 of the Highland Telephone Grant to the McCreary County IDA.

-Approved installation of speed humps on Eaglewood Peak Road.

-Accepted right-of-way deed from Arthur & Joan Vaughn.

The Court heard updates on the following:

-EMS had 452 runs in May and conducted CPR classes.

-The County garnered $168,270.87 in occupation tax for May.

-Alcohol Beverage Control collected $400 in licensing fees and 6,840.85 in regulatory fees during April.  Collections for May continue until June 15.

-Road Department has six tractors mowing roadways.  Thirty-one signs have been places throughout the county.

-Judge Greene hopes to have final information on how American Rescue Act funds can be spent in the county after training this week.  Magistrate Roger Phillips would like some of the money be used for small cash incentives given to those who receive the COVID-19 vaccination.  He also suggested local medical facilities could be considered as recipients of some of the funding so that more medical services (e.g. dialysis, etc.) can be offered in the county.

The McCreary County Fiscal Court meets in regular session on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 at the McCreary County Court House in Whitley City.

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