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story.lead_photo.caption The Callaway County Commission unanimously approved the lowered 2019 tax levies for general revenue and roads and bridges. Pictured, from left, are Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungermann, Eastern District Commissioner Randy Kleindienst and Western District Commissioner Roger Fischer. Photo by Quinn Wilson / Fulton Sun.

The Callaway County Commission unanimously decided to lower 2019 tax levies Tuesday morning.

The recommendation to lower the levies came from County Assessor Jody Pashcal following rising property values throughout Callaway County.

The 2019 general revenue levy will be set at $0.3290 per $100 of assessed value and road and bridge levy will be set at $0.2547 per $100 of assessed value.

"The levy needs to be reduced. I think a lot of the other levies have followed that trend," Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungermann said.

The 2019 general revenue levy and road and bridge levy will see approximately 2 percent decreases from their 2018 rates. These tax levies have been slightly decreasing since 2016.

"(These decreases) come around because you can't get more money off of old existing assessments; in other words, you can't have a windfall type of situation," Eastern District Commissioner Randy Kleindienst said. "With both levies going down, it should end up being a little less (for the taxpayers); that's usually good news."

Callaway County has a total valuation of $902,798,841 in 2019, Jungermann said. He explained this number is up by approximately $37 million from 2018 due to new money from cell towers and new construction within the county.

Adjusting the property tax levy is a routine part of the county's administrative role and happens annually. Jungermann said that in the past Callaway County voted to ensure the general revenue tax levy would never be more than $0.45 per $100 of assessed value.

"(The voters) have approved a maximum levy, and we're not nearly at it being 13 cents lower than that max," Jungermann said.

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