BCDD board sets 2013 tax levy

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Members of the Barry County Tax Board for the Developmentally Disabled (BCDD) approved setting the tax levy at seven cents per $100 of assessed valuation, the same as the 2012 tax levy.

Board members Florene Towers, Ruth Thompson, Ted Powers and Marvin Phipps voted in favor of the action, while Senator David Sater, 29th District and a board member, opposed the measure.

"We have $956,000 in the bank now," Sater said. "That's $25,000 more than last year. We keep increasing our balance every year."

"There's always extra that comes up that we don't know about," said Towers.

"Once we reach $2 million, or $1.5 million, would you stop?" Sater asked Jim LeCompte, board chairman.

"The state puts a lower priority on mental health and developmental disabilities," LeCompte said.

"That's changing," Sater replied.

Sater then made the motion to drop the levy to .068, a decrease of two-tenths, stating, "People pay their property taxes; it's more stable [revenue] than sales tax."

The motion died for lack of a second.

The 2013 levy, based on total assessed valuation of both personal and real property of $447,404,864, will generate approximately $313,183 in revenues.

In other business, Mica Plummer, director of the Monett Extended Employment (sheltered) Workshop, known commonly as the Area Workshop, requested $7,397 in funds from the BCDD board to cover a 15-day shortfall in state funding for 33 employees. The request was approved.

The board ultimately decided to hold the funds until Plummer can determine why the organization is restricted from using $210,000 currently tied up in certificates of deposit.

The next meeting of the BCDD board will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 at the Barry County Branch Library in Cassville.

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