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UPDATE 11/01 1:42PM: As of Friday morning, Madison County Clerk Kenny Barger reported the petition to recall the proposed property tax increase has been certified with the necessary 3,780 signatures.

He told The Register the county fiscal court now has 15 days to either amend the ordinance, or have it placed on the November 2020 election ballot for recall.

Once a statement was received from County Judge/Executive Reagan Taylor's office Friday afternoon, the release states the question will go on the 2020 ballot, and no amendments would be made as of now.

The release notes the "significant feedback" received during the 45-day petition period, and said both the petitioners and the court agreed on the fact that both the court and county taxpayers are being forced to locally address unfunded state and federal mandates.

"The work of the petition committee and those that signed the petition signals we have a community wanting to see the question on the ballot in November of 2020," the statement reads. "As was mentioned during the fiscal court meeting on October 22, 2019, the fiscal court must deal with the current financial reality of housing Madison County prisoners in other counties, maintenance of the 30-year-old facility, and funding our pension obligation long before the ballot vote occurs.

"As the fiscal court, we will immediately have to make tough decisions on how we will fund these state mandated obligations beginning at the next Fiscal Court meeting. As a court, we will continue to advocate in Frankfort for such reforms. I look forward to continuing the dialogue with citizens, community leaders, the judicial branch, the general assembly, and others as we work to address our critical financial crisis."

Mary Turley-Renfro, an organizer of the petition, said she and the four other members are "super excited" about the petition's certification. She also stated that she received the results faster than she thought the group would.

"We defeated them, woo-hoo! What a challenge that was," she exclaimed.

When she was told the question would be placed on the ballot in 2020, she was surprised.

"Interesting," she said. "If they want to lose again, we will take them down!"

Renfro said that now everyone could "let it go a little while" before rallying the troops again before the 2020 election. She told The Register, as the presidential election creeps up, the group will get involved once more to stop the proposed tax increase.

The petition against the proposed 11 cents per $100 of assessed value property tax increase was filed in September by a group of five citizens in the hopes to stop the tax increase, which was approved by the fiscal court in the hopes to help fund a $45 million jail facility.

When the petition was turned in last Tuesday, Barger's office recorded 6,479 petitions submitted.

"I just want to say what an awesome job my coworkers did in spreading this out," Barger said Friday. "Everyone helped out with it to get it done."

---Original Story---

As of Friday morning, Madison County Clerk Kenny Barger reported the petition to recall the proposed property tax increase has been certified with the necessary 3,780 signatures.

He told The Register the county fiscal court now has 15 days to either amend the ordinance, or have it placed on the November 2020 election ballot for recall.

The petition against the 11-cent proposed property tax increase was filed in September by a group of five citizens in the hopes to stop the tax increase, which was approved by the fiscal court in the hopes to help fund a $45 million jail facility.

When the petition was turned in last Tuesday, Barger's office recorded 6,479 petitions.

"I just want to say what an awesome job my coworkers did in spreading this out," Barger said Friday. "Everyone helped out with it to get it done."

This story will be updated.

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