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Madison County Clerk Kenny Barger confirmed certified the petition recall on the property tax last Friday morning and the Madison County Fiscal Court has 10 days to decide to amend the 11.4 cent property tax hike or put the issue before voters in November of 2020.

Barger and his office certified 3,785 signatures, 10 days after 6,478 signatures were turned in by the “Stop the Madison County Tax Increase” group on Oct. 22.

“The petitions were very organized,” Barger said. “We had very few rejections.”

Madison County Judge Executive Reagan Taylor said the petition was party of the democratic process.

“Our country was founded on the principle of citizen participation in government,” he said. “Throughout this process, the Fiscal Court received significant feedback during this 45-day petition period with most of those comments focused on the need for tax and criminal justice reforms at the state level.  One thing the Fiscal Court and the petitioners agree on is that the Madison County Fiscal Court and Madison County taxpayers are being forced to locally address unfunded state and federal mandates.”

Barger praised his office for getting the petitions certified in less than two weeks, considering the timing of Tuesday’s General Election.

“Everybody pitched in and helped,” Barger said. “I’ve got an awesome group.”

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The next Fiscal Court meeting is set for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Berea City Annex.

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