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Campbell judge slashes library tax rate

A judge in northern Kentucky has slashed the county library tax rate in a ruling that could resonate statewide.

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ALEXANDRIA, Ky. (AP) - A judge in northern Kentucky has slashed the county library tax rate in a ruling that could resonate statewide.

According to The Kentucky Enquirer, Campbell Circuit Judge Julie Reinhardt Ward's ruling in a citizen lawsuit cut the tax rate to its 1978 level, dropping it by more than half.

Ward issued the ruling Tuesday, saying the library improperly raised its tax rate over the past 35 years, not gathering a petition as required by commonwealth law.

If the ruling stands, the library tax rate in Campbell County would drop from the current 7.7 cents per $100 of assessed property value to 3 cents per hundred.

The suit was filed by Charlie Coleman, John P. Roth and Erik Hermes.

The library's attorney says his client followed state law.


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