BY KEITH PYLES
The Simpson County Schools 2019-20 property tax rate is increasing by 0.08 of 1 cent this year.
The Simpson County Board of Education, during a special called meeting August 29, approved a tax rate of 54.8 cents per $100 of assessed value on real property and personal property. Last year's rate was 54 cents.
Before the vote board member Heidi Estes said the tax rate increase is for pay
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increases already approved by the board of education.
No one spoke during a public hearing on the tax rates held prior to the meeting.
There are no changes in the school system's motor vehicle and utility tax rates this year. The motor vehicle tax rate remains at 54.6 cents per $100 of assessed value. The utility tax remains at three percent.
The board voted to exempt aircraft, watercraft and inventory in transit tax.
Also at the meeting, the Board of Education approved three other items including a school nurse proposal submitted by the The Medical Center, a Franklin-Simpson Middle School Cheer booster fundraiser request and a procedure change related to conflict of interests involving administrators or other employees.