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Budget, Tax Rate Approved By Commission

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CARROLL COUNTY (August 13) — In their last session prior to the new county administration, Carroll County commissioners approved the 2018-19 fiscal year budget and set the tax rate. Leaving the Commission on September 1 are: Gaylon Sydnor, Joey Darnall, Will Radford, and Ronnie Owen, along with Mayor Kenny McBride.

The 2018-19 tax rate is $1.5519 per $100 assessed value on real estate. The rate is unchanged from last year.

It is divided into: General Fund $1.1219, Solid Waste $.09; Highway Department $.08; School Transportation $.14, and General Debt Service $.12.

Donations remain unchanged from last year and total $53.250. Those include: Rescue Squad $3,000; Gordon Browning Museum $4,000; McKenzie Memorial Library $6,000; Carl Perkins Center $26,750; Tennessee Rehab Center $500; McKenzie Senior Citizens $200; Atwood Senior Citizens $100; Carroll County Shooting Sports Park $10,000; Tenn. Public Safety Network $2,500; Carroll County Museum $200.

Within the budget were donations to the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce for dues and another $10,000 to help fund the Joint Economic Development Board.

The budget indicates $240,000 in wheel tax receipts going to the Carroll County Watershed Authority to retire 30 percent of the original debt. A separate transfer account within the county budget transfers another $85,000 to the CCWA.

Overall, the local county budget estimates an ending fund balance of $12,905,743, down from $13, 492,611 on June 30, 2018; Total revenues equal $22,664,436 from all sources – local, state, federal, and estimated expenditures total $23,321,304. Spending exceeds revenues by $586,868.

Appointments to the Carroll County Electric Board and to the Indigent Care Board were also approved.

Terry Howell was reappointed to the Carroll County Electric Board with a term ending July 2022.

Phil Williams, Dr. Howell Todd, and Johnny Blount were appointed to the Carroll County Indigent Care Fund with a term ending September 2021. Commissioner Blount was the recommendation of Mayor Kenny McBride, Phil Williams was the recommendation of Baptist Memorial Hospital of Carroll County, and Dr. Howell Todd was the recommendation of the Indigent Care Board.

The Indigent Care Fund has approximately $3.2 million in a trust to provide medical care for the residents of Carroll County. Eighty-percent of the earnings each quarter of the year can be used for medical care. The fund is exclusive to the local Baptist Hospital.

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