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Tax bill confusion has some Henry County residents seeing double

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Some Henry County residents were seeing double when a second tax bill arrived in the mail this week. Some Henry County residents were seeing double when a second tax bill arrived in the mail this week.
Gerald Bohannon Gerald Bohannon
Buddy Berry Buddy Berry
Some people at the meeting said they were concerned that the tax increase would be especially harmful to the area's poorest residents. Some people at the meeting said they were concerned that the tax increase would be especially harmful to the area's poorest residents.

EMINENCE, KY (WAVE) – Some Henry County residents were seeing double when a second tax bill arrived in the mail this week.

The Eminence Independent School District's property tax bill looked like a huge increase to some, who complained about it at Tuesday's school board meeting.

"It came as a complete surprise," said Gerald Bohannon, who owns a flea market in Eminence. "Most people around here already thought they had paid their taxes."

Taxes aren't doubling, they're increasing by about 7.2 percent, Superintendent Buddy Berry said. The school board voted on the increase in August, but the county clerk caused confusion by sending the school tax bill separately, he said.

"It's just never been broken out separately for someone to see what the tax rate was for Eminence," Berry said.

There is a lawsuit pending against the district over the tax increase, but the judge in that case allowed the tax bills to be mailed within the past week, Berry said.

The increase amounts to about $72 a year on a property assessed at $100,000, or about $6 a month.

The Eminence district's tax burden is in the "middle of the pack" when compared with other Kentucky districts, Berry said.

"The reason for the facility tax is because we're a growing and successful school," he said. "We've outgrown our 100-year-old building."

Some people at the meeting said they were concerned that the tax increase would be especially harmful to the area's poorest residents.

No one who was in favor of the increase spoke at the meeting.

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