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  • Gritton: Voters, fiscal court powerless against fire tax increase

    If the Anderson County Fire District approves a 38-percent property tax rate increase Thursday, the decision will not be subject to a public referendum.

    That news broke Tuesday after Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton received an opinion from the state’s attorney general’s office, saying that unlike other taxing districts that set a rate to increase their revenue more than 4 percent, the fire district is not bound by those statutes.

    Gritton said he stands opposed to the proposed tax increase and told Fire Chief Pat Krogman as much Tuesday afternoon.

  • Reason to cheer

    Jerrica Drury’s family knew their lives would be in for major changes when she was less than 3 months old.

    Now, it’s Jerrica’s efforts to be like any other teenager that are changing the lives of nearly everyone who comes in contact with her.

    She’s played baseball since she was able. And this summer, after seeing an announcement on Facebook, Jerrica, an incoming freshman, let it be known that she wanted to be a cheerleader at Anderson County High School.

  • You’re not Conway Twitty

    A Lawrenceburg man allegedly tried to pass himself off as the late country singer Conway Twitty before police charged him Aug. 27 with his fourth DUI, according to an arrest report.

    Bradley W. Driskell, 46, of 1150 Paxton Road was asked to show identification when a Lawrenceburg police officer stopped him around 6 p.m. on Fox Creek Road. According to the officer’s report, Driskell handed him a Conway Twitty cassette tape.

  • First Christian men paying it forward

    First Christian Church of Lawrenceburg has been paying it forward to the community for decades by building handicap ramps for those in need.

    Started in the 1980s by church members Nathan Allen and Clarence Ray Sparrow, the gesture began as a way to help church members.

    Jim Link later took over the project, and it morphed into not only helping members of the church, but many others in Anderson County.

  • Roaches at Saffell, school bus safety cited as reasons to raise school tax

    Student safety and cockroaches at Saffell Street Elementary School were among the reasons supporters and school board members gave for taking the largest property tax increase allowed by law during last Thursday’s public hearing.

    By a vote of 4-1, the board increase its property tax rate from $6.08 per $1,000 in assessed value to $6.27, a 3 percent rate increase that is expected to generate an additional $700,000 from local property taxes.

  • EDA puts industrial park up for sale

    Just because it’s trying to sell the land it purchased a few years ago to develop into an industrial park doesn’t mean the Lawrenceburg/Anderson Economic Development Authority is throwing in the towel on bringing industry to that location.

    “Absolutely not,” said the agency’s director, George Leamon. “We want to get as much exposure for that land as we can.”

  • Judge: Opinion coming soon on proposed fire tax hike

    After getting an earful Tuesday morning from an angry Willisburg Road taxpayer about the proposed 38-percent tax rate increase proposed by the Anderson County Fire District, Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton said he is preparing to issue an opinion about what, if anything, the Anderson County Fiscal Court can do about it.

  • Roaches at Saffell, school bus safety cited as reasons to raise school tax

    Student safety and cockroaches at Saffell Street Elementary School were among the reasons supporters and school board members gave for taking the largest property tax increase allowed by law during last Thursday’s public hearing.

    By a vote of 4-1, the board increase its property tax rate from $6.08 per $1,000 in assessed value to $6.27, a 3 percent rate increase that is expected to generate an additional $700,000 from local property taxes.

  • Property taxes going up – way up

    The Anderson County Fire District plans to impose a 38-percent increase on property tax rates when it meets next month.

    The increase, which observers say could be the largest one-year property tax rate increase in county history, would increase the district’s tax rate from 72 cents to $1 per $1,000 assessed value on real estate, meaning a home valued at $100,000 would go from paying $72 per year to $100.

  • School board eyes maximum increase

    The Anderson County Board of Education is expected to take the maximum property tax increase allowed by law when it holds a public hearing Thursday night.

    The board is expected to increase its property tax rate from $6.08 to $6.27 per $1,000 of assessed value, a 3 percent rate increase that will generate 4 percent more revenue than the previous year.

    The additional 19 cents means property taxes on a home valued at $100,000 would increase from $608 to $627.