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Fiscal Court OKs company’s plan to relocate cemetery

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County, local cities set 2008 tax rates

By Jeff Moore

By JEFF MOORE

The News-Democrat

Carroll County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday to allow relocation of a cemetery on property owned by Nugent Sand Company on State Hwy. 36 West.

The Giltner Family Cemetery, now located on land behind Indiana-Kentucky Trucking Co., will be moved to Nugent Sand property that adjoins St. Peter Lutheran Church, also on Hwy. 36.

Fiscal Court approved the resolution to declare the cemetery abandoned, granting  Nugent permission to proceed with its relocation. Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said Nugent will do so at its own expense.

Funeral director Rob Riley of Tandy-Ekler-Riley Funeral Home said a public notice appeared in The News-Democrat 60 days ago about the proposed relocation of the cemetery. He said no one stepped forward with objections or questions about the Giltner Cemetery.

Only one distant cousin of a family member buried in the cemetery has come to the current site in recent years, he noted.

Even before moving forward with the request to seek abandonment of the cemetery, Riley said officials were in contact with this individual. “That person has been in contact with us and that person is in favor, hoping that this move will cause this cemetery to be kept better than what it has been,” he said.

“I’m thinking that it probably will be, because it’s going to be located on Nugent property right there in the vicinity of Hunter’s Bottom Cemetery, which is right there next to St. Peter Lutheran Church,” Riley said. “So it’s going to be highly visible at that point. I anticipate that it’s going to be maintained.”

Riley said there are 32 to 36 known graves in the cemetery. When relocation takes place, areas without headstones will be checked for unmarked graves.

Nugent is contracting with Riley’s funeral home and with Searcy Monument Co. to relocate graves and remains. Riley said Searcy also will move headstones and reset them at the new site.

Should any graves be discovered later, such as in areas outside the cemetery’s fence, Riley said the funeral home will be called to move those remains to the new location.

Tomlinson said he is pleased to know the cemetery relocation is being handled “professionally and reverently.”

Fiscal Court also voted Tuesday to hold all tax rates for the coming year at last year’s levels. Real property will remain at 4.99 cents per $100 assessed value, while personal property will remain at 15.3 cents per $100 assessed value. The rates on motor vehicles and water crafts are also unchanged at 15.3 cents per $100.

Tomlinson had asked to lower the real property rate to 3.5 cents per $100.

However, magistrate Dean Miller said he believes rates need to remain the same because the county is operating off of its occupational tax.

With unknowns in the economy, he said the county could be forced to go back and raise taxes if one of the industries decides to leave Carroll County.

Magistrate Mark Bates said he had talked with the property valuation assessor’s office and learned that property values are up locally, meaning tax bills will also increase if the rate is unchanged.

Miller disputed that, saying property values nationwide are down and he believes they are in Carroll County, as well.

The court approved Miller’s motion to keep rates at last year’s levels.

Prestonville tax set

In a special meeting Friday, Prestonville City Commission passed the second reading of an ordinance setting the city’s advalorem tax rate at 24 cents per $100 of assessed valuation of all real property and personal tangible property for 2008.

That means the owner of property valued at $100,000 would pay $240 in taxes to the city for 2008.

According to the ordinance, 100 percent of the tax collected will be used for the current expenses of the city of Prestonville. The taxes are collected by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

Prestonville Mayor Chris Moore was unable to attend Friday’s meeting, so the commission passed a resolution to appoint Commissioner Robert “Spike” Barnes as mayor pro tem to preside over the meeting.

Carrollton raises tax

The Carroll City Council two weeks ago approved the increase of the city’s ad valorem tax from 26 cents per $100 assessed value to 27 cents per $100.

Becky Pyles said Monday night that tax bills have been sent out to residents. Payments are due Oct. 31.

 

Sharon Graves and Phyllis McLaughlin contributed to this report.