The Latest On Possible Property Tax Increase

property-tax-Last week Coffee County residents were fearing a 36-cent property tax increase. Now the county commission is currently considering a 21-cent property tax increase, primarily to pay for increased budget requests by the county school system and county EMS.
No action was taken at last week’s county commission meeting. The commission hopes to have a final budget adopted by its next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 23.
Accounts and Budgets director Marianna Edinger presented a plan that could be used to pay for the buses using surplus funds available in a debt service fund where bonds have recently been paid off.
This would bring down the schools’ request from $1.4 million to roughly $1 million, thereby reducing the tax increase by 8 cents.
Dr LaDonna McFall director of Coffee County Schools made a point during the meeting to thank Bonnaroo for recently making a $45,000 contribution to the schools to purchase Chromebooks for the students, bringing down her budget request by that amount as well.
When it comes to schools, budget increases for the county school system require twice as much due to the state-mandated revenue sharing requirement with the school systems in Tullahoma and Manchester, even if the other schools are not requesting additional funds so the new $1 million request would bring the total to $2 million. The previous request would have meant a total of $2.8 million.