Tax rates for 2019 were set by the Wayne County Library Board,
during a meeting held Wednesday, July 17. The real property tax rate
was set at 9.1 cents per $100 of assessed value, which is the same as
Librarian Anne Garner presented the tax rates to board members and
recommended that they adopt the compensating rate, which would
generate basically the same amount of tax dollars as last year. While
the real property rate will not change, there is a slight change in
the rate for personal property.
Under the compensating rate it will increase from 9.43 cents last
year to 10.12 cents per hundred dollars assessed value in 2019. The
board voted to keep the tax rate for motor vehicles and watercraft at
3.93 cents per hundred dollars of assessed value.
The new regional library consultant, Melissa Boulton, attended the
meeting and introduced herself to board members. Boulton was recently
hired to represent the central region of libraries, which includes 30
Also during the meeting, the board approved the reinvestment of a
$254,000 CD for a one year period with First Southern National Bank,
which had proposed paying the highest rate at 2.02 percent.
Garner added that she is still waiting to hear information about how
much the board needs to pay on the loan principal for the new
building to reduce the length of payments on the debt. She said their
financial advisor is still gathering information.
Garner updated board members regarding the issues that they have had
with insulation at the facility. Insulation was not installed as
specified during construction and that caused a significant water
issue at the library. She noted that she has received a bid of
approximately $3,400 to have additional insulation blown into areas
that have significant deficits.
Garner also distributed information to the board regarding a DNA
program that will be presented at the library on August 6. The free
program will help participants find out which DNA test is best suited
Bridget Striker from the Boone County Public Library will provide an
overview and analysis of the four most popular DNA testing companies.
The program is free to attend and will begin at 5 p.m. For more
information, contact the library.
In other action, the board:
• Agreed to change Saturday hours at the library to 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
• Started gathering names to submit for the two board openings that
will occur in November.
• Reviewed the circulation report for June.