UNION COUNTY — The tax millage levied by Union County in fiscal 2015-2016 will remain unchanged from the current year, but those in three fire districts will increase.
In a special meeting Monday afternoon, Union County Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution setting the county’s tax millage for fiscal 2015-2016 at 139.7 mils. The 2015-2016 levy is the same as the tax levy for the current (2014-2015) fiscal year.
The resolution also states “that the County Tax Levy for 2015 be divided and allocated to various uses in the County Budget.” Those uses and the millage allotted to them are:
• Ordinary County Operations — 111.0
• Veterans Park — .5
• County Bonds (2011 Bond Issue) — 4.0
• Economic Development Fund — 3.2
• Higher Education (USC Union) — 2.0
• Emergency Medical Services (Union County EMS) — 9.0
• Quick Jobs Development Center (Union County Advanced Technology Center) — 3.0
• (Timken) Sports Complex — 3.0
A county tax mil generates approximately $62,500 a year in revenue.
The millage levied by the county means that homeowners with legal residences with the following values will pay county property taxes on their homes in the following amounts:
• On a house valued at $50,000, a homeowner will pay $279 in county property tax.
• On a house valued at $100,000, a homeowner will pay $558 in county property tax.
• On a house valued at $150,000, a homeowner will pay $837 in county property tax.
• On a house valued at $200,000, a homeowner will pay $1,116 in county property tax.
This applies only to houses that are the legal residence of their owners. In addition, these amounts are only the property tax levied by the county and does not include the property taxes levied by the Union County School Districts, the municipalities of Union County that levy property tax, and the county’s fire districts.
The resolution also states that “the levy for the various fire districts in Union County shall be set and collected.” Those fire districts and their respective levies are:
• Bonham Fire District — 12.4
• Carlisle Fire District — 11.4
• Carlise Fire District Bond — 6.4
• Cross Keys Fire District — 11.7
• Philippi Fire District — 11.6
• Kelly-Kelton Fire District — 21.7
The tax levies in three of those districts will increase in fiscal 2015-2016. Those increases and the districts they are occurring in are:
• Carlisle Fire District where the tax levy is increasing by .2 mil to 11.2 from the 2015-2016 levy of 11.2 mils.
• Kelly-Kelton where the tax levy is increasing by 1.7 mil to 21.7 from the 2015-2016 levy of 20 mils.
• Philippi Fire District where the tax levy is increasing by .4 mil to 11.6 from the 2015-2016 levy of 11.2 mils.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.