MURPHYSBORO — The Jackson County Board of Commissioners voted to reduce the tax rate, meaning the average tax payer can realize a gain of $8 on their tax bill.

The Board voted 12-1 to lower the property tax rate by almost two percent, from 1.65 to 1.62.

This reduction applies to the county portion of the tax bill which is about 15 to 22 percent of the entire property tax, according to the Jackson County Board. This change does not affect the tax rates for schools, libraries or other taxing bodies.

Based on this new rate, a property steadily valued at $100,000 could see a reduction of about $8 on the Jackson County segment of the next tax bill, a news release stated.

The board notes that a rollback in the tax rate is rare.

“This is an effort toward responsible use of taxpayer dollars,” board chairman John S. Rendleman said in the release.

Liz Hunter, chairwoman of the Finance and Administration Committee, said the board was able to offer this reduction by working with elected officials and department heads to build a budget that remained within the goals of the board and still fully provide the services from each department.

A board member who has long sought the tax rate reduction is Commissioner Dan Bost.

“After nearly a decade of pushback from our board members on the other side, citing worry about 'leaving money in the table,' it’s good to know that we are finally setting an example for other taxing districts toward the goal of an overall lower tax bill for our hard working families," Bost said.

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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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