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Commissioners cut
property tax levy in half
And county declares September ‘Senior Citizens Month’

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark reporter

The Platte County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to lower the general fund tax levy.

The action came at the commission’s administrative session which was held at its new temporary location in the Resource Center on Plaza Circle Drive.

Immediately following an open public hearing, the commission approved the 2011 Platte County tax levies. The three tax levies that were voted on included the general fund, road district No. 1, and drainage district No. 1 tax levy.

The commission unanimously voted to lower the general fund tax levy to one cent per $100 assessed valuation. Therefore, lowering the general tax levy by 50 percent from the previous rate of two cents per $100 of assessed value.

County revenues are funded primarily by sales taxes. The property tax will only generate about $220,000 in revenue for the general fund.

The road district No. 1 levy will remain at $.3239 per $100 assessed valuation. In addition, the drainage district tax levy will remain the same as last year’s which is $.0859 per assessed valuation.

Presiding Commissioner Jason Brown announced that eleven percent of the population in Platte County is now over the age of 65. That amounts to approximately 9,960 residents.

“These individuals have played a vital role in our community for many years, and are responsible for many attributes that make Platte County a great place to live (and) work,” said Brown. “Organizations such as the Platte Senior Service Inc and the Platte County Senior Service Fund have cooperated to provide many worth while programs designed to benefit seniors in the County...[N]one of these successful programs would be possible without the tireless efforts of county residents who volunteer their time and ask nothing in return.”

The Platte County Commission proclaimed September as Senior Citizen Month in Platte County to express appreciation to these Platte County residents, as well as to raise awareness of such programs.

Carolyn Horseman expressed her gratitude to the commission for proclaiming September as senior citizens month. She discussed two upcoming events for senior citizens including one in Tracy on Sept. 29 and another to be held on Oct. 6 in Riverside. She stated that more than 500 senior citizens are anticipated to attend these events.

The meeting concluded with Kathy Dusenbery, first district commissioner, recognizing Denise McPherson and Debbie Jester for their service to the Park Hill Clothing Center.

The student clothing center provides clothing for children in kindergarten to the twelfth grade.

“I got to see the operation in full swing…It is a wonderful facility and it is all run by volunteers that I felt all deserve to be recognized,” said Dusenbery, as she presented each of them with a certificate of recognition.

In an interview with The Landmark, Debbie Jester stated that the number of kids that utilize the clothing center has recently skyrocketed. In the last year the center has served over 2,000 kids in the Park Hill School district.

The center is located at 8009 North Atkins. It is open on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Denise McPherson stated that the public can make clothing donations at the center anytime.