Special taxing districts continued their annual parade before the Campbell Fiscal Court on Wednesday, as mandated by a relatively new state law.
The most notable of these agencies may have been the Campbell County Public Library which was sued by a group of Campbell County residents in 2012 who claimed that the Library had been adjusting its tax rates illegally. Campbell County Commissioner Charlie Coleman was among those who filed suit.
“Our tax rates are not exactly the same,” said Campbell County Library Director J.C. Morgan. “We are under a court order. We were sued in January of 2012 over the method by which we adjust our tax rate every year. We got a decision in March 2015 that was unanimously ruled in the Library’s favor that we were indeed doing the right thing. That decision has been appealed and is right now in the Kentucky Supreme Court. They are trying to decide if they are going to hear it; they’ve been trying to decide that since March, so hopefully they will make that decision soon.”
There are three tiers of property tax that an SPGE reports: real estate tax, personal property tax and a motor-vehicle tax. The library’s real estate will remain at 7.7 cents per $100—the same rate as 2012. For personal property, the tax rate actually went down to 9.08, and the motor vehicle tax has been unchanged since 1983 at 2.6, according to Morgan.
In his presentation, Morgan talked about the enhancements the Library has recently undergone such as the use of the lower level of the Newport Branch.