Following suit over the course of the last 15 years, the Madison County Health Department is approving its property tax rate at five cents per $100.

Health director Nancy Crewe said that the total tax generated would equal $2,949,602 if 100% of taxes were collected and the fee for collection and distribution was subtracted.

This money goes to the provision of public health services to the people of Madison County, according to Crewe.

And while the health department, a quasi-governmental agency, still faces the potential raise of pension contribution costs, Crewe reports that it would not affect their set rate of five cents.

"At this time, we are not recommending an increase in the public health taxing rate," Crewe said. "We believe continued economic growth and subsequent increases in the tax base in Madison County and the nature of our mix of services should generate sufficient revenue to manage increases in the KERS employer contribution rate."

Like the county health department, another taxing district to keep last year's rate was the Red Lick Water Conservation board at a rate of 0.5 cents per $100.

The Madison County Library approved rates that decreased from their previous year's with real property rates set at 0.59 cents per $100 and personal rates of 0.9 cents per $100.

Both the Madison County Extension Office and county EMS voted to accept the compensating rates.

For the extension office, they approved rates of 1.772 cents for real property and personal property at 2.983 cents per $100. The EMS approved a rate of 4.9 cents per $100.

The Madison County Fiscal Court will be the last taxing district to approve their tax rate after a special called meeting Tuesday afternoon at the county courthouse in downtown Richmond.

Two weeks ago, the fiscal court approved the first reading of an ordinance that, if passed, would more than double the current rate of 8.2 cents per $100 to 19.6 cents per $100 in order to help finance a new detention center in Madison County.

Reach Taylor Six at 624-6623 or follow her on Twitter at @TaylorSixRR.

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