Simpson County real and personal property tax rates are dropping this year.

Simpson Fiscal Court approved a county tax rate this year of 10.1 cents on real and personal property, which is two tenths of a cent lower than last year’s rate of 10.3 cents, on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

The water craft and motor vehicles rate of 16.1 cents and aircraft rate of 10.5 cents are unchanged from last year.

All county tax rates are per $100 of assessed value.

A county budget amendment that adds $94,830 in revenue and spending to the budget received final approval.

First reading of an ordinance rezoning property at the intersection of Highway 383 and Schweizer Road from industrial to multi family residential was approved. Duplexes are planned for the site.

The ordinance must also receive second reading fiscal court approval and be published to take effect.

The purchase of a one-ton truck for the county public works department from Hunt Ford was approved. The total cost, including a truck bed installation, is $43,704.

Approval was given to fund half of the purchase of a new command vehicle for Franklin-Simpson Fire Rescue. The Franklin City Commission has also approved funding one half of the cost of the vehicle. The total cost is estimated at some $42,000.

The court approved the services of Forshee Real Estate and Auction to conduct a county surplus equipment public auction. A list of items to be auctioned is being prepared.

Simpson County Judge/Executive Mason Barnes said safety improvements, including installation of rumble strips on the roadway, are being made at the intersection Kummer Road and Schweizer Road.

Barnes also encouraged people not to deface or damage road signs, such as stop signs, and that steps are being taken to monitor the intersection and identify anyone tampering with road signs.

Nelson Slaughter was officially reclassified as deputy chief of Franklin-Simpson Fire Rescue.

Fiscal Court is scheduled to hold a special called meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 30 and meet on Wednesday, Nov. 4. The court’s meetings on Tuesday, Oct. 6 and Tuesday, Nov. 3 were canceled.

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