Gerald Herman

Residents in White House will be doling out a little more for City property taxes when the rate increases by more than 24 percent for the 2021-22 fiscal year.

The current property tax rate is $1.036, per $100 of assessed property value. City leaders voted last week on second reading to raise that rate to $1.286, effective July 1.

According to White Houses City Administrator Gerald Herman, the increased tax rate is for the City to complete some huge projects that have been hoped for and planned for a while.

One of the projects is the right turn lane on McCurdy and Sage Road at U.S. 31 West.

“We’ve been working on that intersection for years,” said Herman. “We’ve been slowly piecing it together as we put traffic signalization up there and we put turn lanes on 31 West. However, because of the price tag of over $600,000, I had to set it aside for three to four years.

“According to our recent survey, the citizens want us to continue to work on our roads. That way it’s easier to get around the City.”

The other project is a new recreation center. The facility would have multiple gymnasiums, basketball courts, volleyball courts, spaces for racquetball and meeting rooms.

“We’ve been working on that for a while too, knowing that we would have to take a bond and get additional money from the citizens,” said Herman. “We’re about evenly dependent on property tax and sales tax.”

White House Aldmern John Corbitt shared his thoughts about citizens learning about the new rates, “First and foremost, for these new rates, I would’ve liked to have seen the City make an announcement.

“I think that would make it more clear that there’s an increase. That way, people can have an easier time calculating it. I would like to see that next year.”

The City of White House Board of Mayor and Alderman is expected to approve the ordinance for the new tax rates at the next meeting on Thursday, July 15.

County, Springfeld rates stay neutral

Both the County and the City of Springfield have reviewed their new property tax rates for the 2021-22 fiscal year, and neither entity plans to increase taxes.

According to Robertson County Assessor of Property Tim Adkins, the County Commission was set to hold a meeting on Monday, June 21, confirming that the property tax rate for the new fiscal year will be the same — $2.575 per $100 of assessed property value.

The County will make its’ final approval of the rate at the meeting this August.

The City of Springfields’ property tax rate for 2021-22 is also planned to remain the same at $1.072.

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