Plan to bring new parks and attractions to Graves County could raise taxes
GRAVES COUNTY, Ky.— One local community could see new parks and attractions come to town if their mayor can convince the people who live there to pay for it.
The City of Mayfield and Graves County, Kentucky, put together a committee that takes care of outdoor attractions on just one particular piece of land, but Mayor Teresa Cantrell says Mayfield needs a full-time, staffed parks and recreation department to maintain all of the parks and recreational centers in Graves County.
The City of Mayfield is getting a brand new mini golf course. It's being built on top of the old community pool that they couldn't afford to maintain, because the current parks and rec committee only has an annual budget of $70,000.
Mayor Cantrell says, "To be economically competitive with other communities, we have to have an up and running parks and recreational department." That's why she wants to implement a new property tax that would fund the new department.
Maintaining old parks, and providing new attractions is an issue some people in Mayfield and Graves County think is important enough to pay for. "You're getting something out of it. It's not... Everything in life is not free. But it's good to help the community be out," says Mayfield resident Angela Davis. Graves County resident Joshua Carlton says, "It would be worth it to get more recreation going around. Get people out more."
The new tax would be higher or lower depending on where you live. Mayor Cantrell says if you own a $50,000 house, you would have to shell out an extra $20 a year. If you have a $100,000 house, that doubles the tax to $40 a year.
"It's pennies, but if you're on a limited income and paying taxes, that could be a chunk," says Mayor Cantrell. She and the judge-executive in Graves County have come to a standstill in their discussions, so the soonest people could see this issue on the ballot is 2014.