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BY JOSH PRESLEY
The West Point Board of Selectmen voted to levy $5,868,600 in ad valorem taxes for the West Point School District at its meeting Tuesday night. The amount will be for general district purposes, along with $322,889 for debt services.
West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said the board will convene later in the month to set the millage rate to acquire the ad valorem tax. The schoolâ€™s request was down from $5,827,000 last year, according to Robinson.
â€śThe requests are largely equal, and it appears that our city value is going up, based on my preliminary numbers,â€ť he said. â€śSo the requests are largely equal, and when that happens, if your tax bases go up you donâ€™t have to have as much millage to cover it.â€ť
Robinson said the city canâ€™t set itâ€™s millage rate until the land roll is certified and accepted by the Clay County Board of Supervisors, which it is scheduled to do at its next meeting Aug. 28.
â€śIn order to set the millage rate for the school, we have to have the values of real property,â€ť he said. â€śIt appears that value is going to be a little higher than last year because weâ€™ve had some growth, mainly in real property.â€ť
The board also received an update on the cityâ€™s $200,000 Brownfields Grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean rubble and debris around the old Bryan Foods building. West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said 52 trucks from Burns Hauling were contracted for the job, and began removing debris Tuesday.
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