Tax levies will not change

Published 10:31 am Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Tax levies for 2019 were set at a Tuesday meeting of the Charlotte County Board of Supervisors, and are not slated to change for the upcoming year.

Aspen/Red House Supervisor made the motion to continue the same levies as last year, pending reassessment.

The tax levies will include 0.53/ per $100 of assessed value for real estate and mobile homes, $3.75/ per $100 assessed value for personal property, $3/ per $100 assessed value for machinery and tools, $3.20/ per $100 assessed value for merchant’s capital and $25 per vehicle for the license registration fee.

Unit levy for all districts is per $100 assessed valuation.

Currently, the county is in the process of conducting the General Real Estate Reassessment, which becomes effective July 1, 2019, according to a notice from the county.

“Pearson’s Appraisal Services Inc. was contracted by the County to perform this service,” said the notice. “Pearson’s employees will be verifying data on county property records and capturing digital images of dwellings and other significant structures.”

The notice said most of the work would be conducted from inside a vehicle using data collection technology.

While tax levies are currently slated to remain the same for 2019, “At some point, there’s going to have to be a tax increase, said Chairman of The Board of Supervisors Gary Walker previously. “Any more money we spend we will have to balance the budget.”

During a previous special called meeting of the Charlotte County Board of Supervisors and the Charlotte County School Board, cost and the possible effect of taxes was also a factor during talks concerning the needs at local elementary schools in the county.

“Everything we do has to be paid for and the taxpayers of Charlotte County are the ones who are going to have to pay for it,” said Walker at that time.

While a tax increase has not been slated as of yet, Walker said in his opinion, the county could be looking at tax increases for any projects incurred at this point.

“We’ve pretty much used up the flexibility we had in our budget …” said Walker at the special called meeting.

He said taxes were raised about 3-4 years ago in order for the county to get ahead on the debt service.

“ … if we have to raise taxes, we have to raise taxes,” said Wylliesburg/Red Oak Supervisors Kay Pierantoni at the special called meeting.

She said she wanted to meet the needs of the school board and if taxes are raised to meet the needs of the elementary schools in the county, “we have to have proper justification.”