The tax increase, the first since the library opened, was needed to fund any future plans for the city’s library and not for any particular project, she said.
Since the board has never had the need to increase taxes, they have waited until past the deadline set by the state to make the request. Boggess said the error was “just not understanding” about the deadline requirement in order the tax be added to the tax bills.
She also noted the increase was scheduled to be the four percent compensated rate that is allowed by the state to any taxing body within Trigg County.
The board had discussed the possibility of a tax increase at its August meeting, but since there were several members absent it was decided to delay the action until the September meeting. However, in order to be added to this year’s tax bills, the increase would have needed to have met public notice requirements as well as a public hearing and two reading of the required ordinance.
“We just got the date wrong,” she said. “We’re not use to raising taxes.”