Members of the Barry County Board for the Developmentally Disabled approved the 2010 tax levy of 0.0708 per $100 assessed valuation of personal and real property at their regular meeting on Aug. 17 at the Barry County Courthouse in Cassville.
That rate is up only slightly from the 2009 levy of 0.0706 and is expected to generate approximately $348,000 in revenues. Currently, the board has approximately $840,000 in reserve.
Chairman Jim LeCompte noted that the board had disbursed the full amount of revenues generated in 2008 and 2009, trying to fill the gaps where state funding has been cut.
Board member David Sater urged others to consider lowering the tax levy, but the consensus of the board was that reserve funds needed to be held for potential emergency situations.
When the matter of raising the tax levy was put to a vote, Sater was the only dissenting member on the board.
|"I think we are being frugal, not wasteful," said Ruth Thompson, board secretary. "We've cut back on things not necessary when we didn't have to."|
|LeCompte added that with additional state cuts in funding in areas such as transportation, that those additional funds would be necessary to continue providing services to the developmentally disabled.|
The next meeting of the Barry County Tax Board for the Developmentally Disabled has been slated for 6 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Cassville Branch Library, located on North Business Highway 37 in Cassville.