The Marion County Board of Education voted to lower the property tax rate to 59.0 cents per $100 of property down from 59.2 cents at Thursday’s board of education meeting, which followed a tax rate hearing. Despite the lower rate, the change will still generate $481,832.68 more than the previous year.

As MCPS Director of Finance Scott Spalding explained to the board, the increase in revenue is a result of increased property values and new constructions throughout the county.

You can view the entire tax rate hearing below.

Confusion over property tax hearing notices

Property owners in Marion County recently received a notice in the mail concerning the tax hearing which caused some confusion among recipients.

Most years, this notice is printed twice in the local newspaper, which serves as the official public notice.

However, the Lebanon Enterprise failed to include the ad in an issue of the newspaper, meaning the ad would not run the required two times within the appropriate time frame. 

In order to provide the required notice to the public, MCPS mailed the notice to each property owner in the county.