Jessamine County

Jessamine fiscal court vote for tax to fund cooperative extension service

Jessamine County Fiscal Court gave final approval Tuesday to levy a tax to fund the county cooperative extension service.

Magistrates George Dean, Burch Hager, Gary Morgan and Bobby Day Wilson voted for the tax; Tim Vaughan and Terry Meckstroth voted no. Although he typically only votes to break a tie, Judge-Executive William Neal Cassity also voted for the tax.

Fiscal court had approved first reading of a tax ordinance on July 15.

The requested rate is 1.7 cents per $100 of real property, and 3 cents per $100 of personal property. Those rates will generate more than $641,000 in revenue. The extension tax will be collected this fall when tax bills go out to property owners.

The extension service develops youth leadership through 4-H programs; educates farmers about new methods and technologies; gives advice to home gardeners; and enriches the lives of homemakers.