A Clarification of the Boone County Parks Tax Hike
In our earlier discussion about the Boone County Parks Tax effort, we noted that "Cherry-picking...certain taxing districts to claim an offset is too politically-convenient of an argument." We have been asked to clarify that, in order to make the creation of the new Parks Tax revenue neutral, Judge Gary Moore asked the three boards he controlled to lower their rates. Other taxing districts, like the school boards, were not appointed by Judge Moore.
It is still important to note that the Library Board should have lowered their rate regardless.
We are still troubled that the reduced Library Board rate was viewed as an opportunity to create a new tax.
There is nothing positive about an effort to reduce taxes only to create an opportunity to create a new tax. In fact, the way Kentucky's 4% property tax increase limit is applied in Kentucky means that additional taxes are additional opportunities to skirt that ceiling.
You can read the earlier post here.