The Carter County Fiscal Court approved Tuesday the 2010 tax rates for the county extension district board.

The rates represent the compensating rate for real and personal property and the rates set for motor vehicles and watercraft.

 Real property was set at 3.8 cents, personal property at 6.1 and motor vehicle at 2.2. Carter County Judge Executive Charles Wallace said the board took the liable increase of what the state would allow.

The court also approved to keep the public health tax rate at 3 cents per $100 of assessed valuation of all real property, personal property and motor vehicles.

According to the 2008 Carter County property tax sheet, the school district receives 40.30 percent of taxpayers’ money while the county gets 7.20 cents. During a recent school board meeting, the board agreed upon a 6.2 cents increase on each $100 of assessed property owned by taxpayers. When added to the total tax bill for the county that will put the school district receiving 45.30 cents of county tax monies.

Wallace said the 7.2 cents the county receives is used to maintain the courthouse, detention center, solid waste, animal control, coroner, planning and developing, emergency management, dispatching service and elections.

“That’s a lot that we have to take care of with such a small amount of money,” Wallace commented. “Even the ambulance service gets more than the county at 7.60 cents of tax money. I do want the people to know that not one penny of property tax money goes into the county road fund.”

 The current Carter County property tax rates are:

• County – 7.20

• State – 12.20

• School – 40.30

• Ambulance – 7.60

• Health – 3.00

• Extension – 3.30

The total tax bill is 73.60 cents for each $100 of assessed value.

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