By David Howell
COFFEEVILLE – An annual tradition, Yalobusha County Tax Collector/Assessor Linda Shuffield presented the 2018 tax rolls to supervisors during the “first Monday” meeting held in Coffeeville on July 2.
The real and personal rolls consist of all houses, acres, businesses and industries in Yalobusha County. With Shuffield’s presentation, supervisors learned the total assessed value of the county has climbed 2.5 percent during the last year. The increase, 1,845,682, brings the total assessed value for Yalobusha to 75,162,192. Last year the assessed value was 73,316,500.
The tax assessor explained that her numbers include a major recalculation that stemmed from brand new aerial photography of the county flown March 16.
“According to law, rules and regulations, we must recalculate those maps that might have changes in land use,” Shuffield explained, citing a change from cropland to timberland as an example.
Shuffield also said the 2018 tax rolls included the addition of 25 new houses in the county with an assessed value of 368,044.
“From the notes we made out in the field, we probably have that many more for the next year,” Shuffield added about an uptick is housing construction in the county.
Shuffield gave supervisors a breakdown on the real property roll by beat, compared to 2017. All five beats recorded an increase, Beat 1 – 227,475, Beat 2 – 142,475, Beat 3 – 125,188, Beat 4 – 215,538 and Beat 5 – 94,132.
Shuffield also presented a beat breakdown for the personal property tax roll, compared to the previous year. Beat 1 had a substantial increase of 966,948 and Beat 5 also had an increase of 345,429. The other beats all recorded a decrease, Beat 2 went down 15,201, Beat 3 went down 83,359 and Beat 4 went down 172,943.
Setting The Budget
The tax assessor-collector’s visit to the Board of Supervisors meeting in Coffeeville was in compliance with state law regulating the tax procedures of county government. That process culminates each year during September when supervisors adopt a budget for the fiscal year, which begins October 1.
Following the presentation by Shuffield, supervisors passed an order opening real and personal property rolls for inspection and examination by the public. Any objections to the assessments can be made in writing and filed with the clerk of the Board of Supervisors before August 6.
The board will hear the written objections in Water Valley on August 6, at 9 a.m. and in Coffeeville on August 7 at 9 a.m.
Other business handled in the July 2 meeting included:
• Approved the appointment of Chase Dudley to the Yalobusha County Economic Development and Tourism District to fill the unexpired term of Bill Taylor.
District Three Supervisor Lee McMinn made the recommendation, explaining that Taylor is planning to move out of the county and resigned from the district.
“Chase is highly educated, young and wants to serve in the county in some capacity,” McMinn added. The appointment was for the term that expires in January.
• Approved a raise for Allen Freer, who works as a road hand in District 5, from $2,000 to $2,050 per month.
“He has his CDL (commercial driver’s license),” District 5 Supervisor Gaylon Gray said before making the motion for the raise.
• Approved the purchase of 40 acres of land north of Oakland on Hwy. 51 for a potential expansion of an industry at a cost of $200,000.