Simpson County 2020 property tax rates are expected to drop 0.2 of 1 cent this year.

Simpson Fiscal Court heard first reading at its Sept. 1 meeting of an ordinance setting 2020 tax rates for real property and personal property at 10.1 cents each. Last year’s rate was 10.3 cents for both real and personal property.

The ordinance also sets this year’s tax rates for watercraft and motor vehicles at 16.1 cents and for aircraft at 10.5 cents. Both rates are unchanged from last year.

All of the tax rates are per $100 of assessed value. All rates are the compensating rate, which is expected to generate about the same amount of revenue as last year.

A county ordinance must pass first reading and second reading votes and be published to take effect.

The court also approved first reading of a budget amendment ordinance adding $94,830 in revenue and appropriations to the county budget.

The revenue includes an $85,830 state grant being used for rubber modified asphalt and a $9,000 federal grant being used to combat drug trafficking.

The court voted to waive permit fees for restaurants using tents for outdoor seating during seating limitations imposed by state emergency orders related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

An application for state funds for work on McKendree Chapel Loop Road was approved.

And, the court accepted the 2019 sheriff’s tax settlement and the soil conservation district’s annual report.

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