LIBERTY - Casey County property owners will pay $176,188 more in taxes this year than they paid in 2003, according to the sheriff's official report.
The county expects to collect $2,762,928 compared to 2003 when the bills totaled $2,595,740.
The sheriff's department began collecting the money last week after 9,849 bills were mailed out to people in the county who own real estate and tangible personal property, according to Deputy Sheriff Marvine Crutcher.
While the state lowered its real property tax rate from 13.3 to 13.1 cents per $100 property valuation, and the hospital lowered its rate from 6.8 to 6.5 cents per $100 property valuation, Casey County Public Library raised its real estate tax rate from 4.9 cents to 5 cents and its tangible rate to 7.08 cents to 7.87 cents. The school district lowered its tax on real estate from 36.9 to 36.4 but raised its tangible tax rate from 36.9 to 37.10.