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County Tax Rates Set

During their regular monthly
meeting (9-8-22), McCreary County
Fiscal Court set a compensating
tax rate for the 2022/23 fiscal year.
The compensating tax rate is a rate,
which when applied to a taxing district’s
assessment of property for
the current year, produces revenue
equal to or greater than that of the
preceding year. The rates approved
for County taxes during last week’s
meeting are: 8.50 cents per $100
for Real Property and 20.40 cents
per $100 for Motor and Watercraft.
The County rate approved for Real
Property actually reflects a slight
decrease, down from last year’s
8.80 cents per $100. The Motor
and Watercraft rate remains the
same as last year.
Fiscal Court also acknowledged
receipt of tax rates from special
taxing districts as follows: Library:
Real- 6.9 cents per $100, Personal-
7.77 cents per $100/ Health: 4.0
cents per $100/ Soil Conservation:
Real-1.70 cents per $100, Personal-
1.70 cents per $100/ Eagle, West
Fire, North Fire, Whitley City Fire,
and South McCreary Fire Departments:
each individual department
has a rate of 10.0 cents per $100/
Extension Service: Real-3.40 cents
per $100, Personal-3.40 cents per
$100/ Board of Education: Real-
37.5 cents per $100 and Personal-
37.5 cents per $100. Fiscal Court
determines the County tax rate;
however, they merely acknowledge
receipt of tax rates set by special
taxing districts. The 2022/23 tax
rates were set and acknowledged
unanimously with a motion by
Magistrate Roger Phillips and second
by Magistrate Bobby Strunk.
• Accepted the resignation of
Jack Lay from the Airport Board
and appointed Jason Trammell to
the Airport Board. There remains
one opening on the Airport Board.
• Approved the 2023 McCreary
County Gravel Ravel for the last
weekend of April. With the exception
(and exemption) of the Cowhorn
road, the same roads as last
year will be utilized during the
• Passed and executed opioid
settlement participation forms.
McCreary County, along with others,
will receive an undetermined
amount of funds from the settle opioid drug manufacturers.
Fiscal Court heard reports
from department heads, including:
• EMS Director Jimmy
Barnett reported 472 EMS
runs and 1,188 answered 911
calls in August.
• Tourism Director Michelle
Perry reported the col-
from 1A
lection of $1,245 in transient
taxes during August.
• Alcohol Beverage Control
collected $9,521.30 in
fees and taxes for the County
in July. Merchants collected
• In August, the County
Road Department (Supervisor
Tony Kidd) completed
paving in District 1. Paving
in District 2 has begun. In
addition to other work, the
County Road Department
worked on 16 sign replacements,
17 pot holes, 6 bus
turn arounds, multiple tree
limbs, and multiple culvert
repairs/replacements. The
County now has two new
tractors and, in preparation
for winter, has equipped
two more trucks with snow
• Park Director Melissa
Vanover collected $700 in
rental fees at the Park. Sand
Hill RV Camp garnered $750
in rental fees in August.
Vanover noted upcoming
events: Blazin’ Bluegrass-
Sept. 15-17 and annual Halloween
event at Sand Hill,
CAP Hunger Walk at the
Park on September 15, Relay
for Life at the Park on October
14, and the Zombie Walk
at the Park on October 15.
• Deputy Judge Nathan
Nevels noted there will be
an Auto Cross event at the
McCreary County Airport on
September 17. A Trail Ride
(Horse) event will be held at
Sand Hill Camp on October
• Judge Greene noted
the Old Fidelity/Bell Farm
Bridge will be completed by
March. HWY 92 (Pine Knot
to Williamsburg) completion
and opening will be in
November. He also advised
the animal control number
is 376-2275. Currently, Officer
Greg Smith is assisting
with animal control while
MB Creekmore is out due to
injury. During regular hours,
the phone number connects
directly with the Animal
Control Officer.
McCreary County Fiscal
Court meets in regular session
on the second Thursday
of each month at 6:00 at the
McCreary County Courthouse
in Whitley City.

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