Jessamine Fiscal Court to consider property tax for cooperative extension service

Herald-Leader Staff ReportJuly 14, 2014 

NICHOLASVILLE — Jessamine County Fiscal Court will consider a proposal Tuesday to levy a tax to pay for the county cooperative extension service.

A similar effort to start an extension service tax failed in May 2003, when magistrates voted 4-2 against it.

This time, the requested tax rate is 1.7 cents per $100 of real property, and 3 cents per $100 of personal property. Those rates would generate $641,820 in tax revenue, said Carl Waits, a tobacco and beef cattle farmer who is chairman of the Jessamine extension district.

To approve a tax would require two readings of an ordinance. If there is a reading and vote Tuesday, the final reading and vote would be July 29.

Jessamine is one of only eight counties that don't have an extension service tax, Waits said. Fiscal court finances the Jessamine extension service through annual budget allocations.

The extension service has a range of services. It develops youth leadership through 4-H programs, educates farmers about new methods and technologies, and offers education and skills training to homemakers.

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