Both the Wilmore vehicle tax rate and property tax rate will stay the same after a fairly contentious discussion at the Wilmore City Council's Monday meeting.
The vehicle tax rate remained at 21.41 cents per $100, and the property tax rate stays at 19.8 cents per $100.
The rates were not approved without controversy, however. The proposal was for the property tax to be raised to 21.3 cents per $100 — a 4 percent increase — which is the maximum allowable by the state of Kentucky. Council member Jim Brumfield nixed that proposal and moved to keep it the same, and Council member Ed McKinley seconded.
"We didn't give any raises (to city employees) this year, and from my point of view, I can't see saying, 'I'm not going to give you a raise, but I'm going to raise your property tax,'" Brumfield said. "We're talking about $14,000 (in increased revenue from the proposal). We saved $14,000 three times by not giving raises."