Taxpayers in the county will once again see no rate increase this year.
The Jessamine County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday night to accept Judge-Executive Neal Cassity’s recommendation to keep county taxes at the same rate for the fourth year in a row.
Magistrates voted to hold the current rates the same for real-estate, motor-vehicle and watercraft taxes, which haven’t changed since 2008.
This year, personal-property taxes also stayed the same at 16 cents per $100 of assessed value after dropping from 17 cents last year.
As the rates stand, the real-estate tax rate holds at 6.4 cents per $100 of assessed real property value; and the motor-vehicle and watercraft rate remains at 11.4 cents per $100 of assessed value.
The court late last month held a short work session to study the tax rates, but little was discussed.
In other business, the court:
• approved Mike Cassidy’s request to use the county’s credit card to pay for certification by Kentucky’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to allow the Jessamine County Animal Shelter to carry narcotics. Cassidy’s request was approved earlier this year, and a check based on the price set by the DEA’s website was sent. The check was returned to the county by the DEA because it had nearly doubled the cost to $731. The county will use its credit card to expedite the certification process by the DEA.
• voted to accept county attorney Brian Goettl’s recommendation to joining a possible class-action lawsuit against Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS). The suit was filed by Spurgeon & Tinker, PSC, which, along with The Bolog firm, is suing MERS for $5 million in an effort to recoup compensation for multiple counties of allegedly lost mortgage assignment fees.