Commission approves 2018 tax rates for Saline County

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

During a Saline County Commission meeting Tuesday, Sept. 4, commissioners approved a new part-time hire in the Saline County Clerk’s Office.

“Wilma Cox will be working in the county clerk’s office,” Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey said. “Her hourly rate of pay will be $12 an hour.”

County Clerk Debbie Russell said Cox will take the place of a previous employee, who had to leave due to illness.

“She’s doing our record retention, which is one really important aspect of our office, because we have to keep track of, and maintain permanent records. She’s doing that on a part-time basis, as well as replacing Sandy Harris, who is now in (the treasurer’s) office.”

Cox will start the position Monday, Sept. 17.

In other news, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner said the flags on Green Avenue — west of town, south of U.S. Highway 20 — are there to designate phone lines, because two new tubes will be replaced on Green Avenue within the next two weeks.

During Tuesday’s meeting, a public hearing was held at 9:05 a.m., to set the 2018 tax rates for Saline County.

Commissioners approved the following proposed tax rates for 2018, per $100 assessed valuation: general revenue proposal tax rate, $.1325; special road and bridge tax rate, $.3500; common road tax rate, $.2389; common road temp. tax rate, $.3513; Senate Bill 40 tax rate, $.0561; and county-wide tax on subclass three property to replace M&M surtax, $.4000.

The tax rate shall be set to produce the revenues, which the budget for the fiscal year Jan. 1, 2019, to Dec. 31, 2019, shows to be required by the current assessed valuation. The tax rate is determined by dividing the amount of revenue required by the current assessed valuation. The result is multiplied by 100, so the tax rate is expressed in cents per $100 assessed valuation.

All commissioners were present Tuesday morning. The Saline County Commission will meet again Thursday, Sept. 6.

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