From the Desk of
Brent Greer, Henry County Mayor
The local referendum to
increase the Local Option Sales Tax from 2.25%
to 2.75% was successful by a vote of 75% in
favor of the increase. I believe this vote
sends the message that the public favors our
government raising its needed revenues through
sales tax rather than property tax. This
increased revenue will greatly benefit the
school systems in Henry County as 50% of this
increased revenue will be dedicated to schools.
The County of Henry will see a potential revenue
increase of approximately $140,000 annually.
Our school systems will share approximately
$900,000 and the other municipalities will
receive approximately $770,000 with the majority
of the increase going to the City of Paris.
This revenue will allow our schools and
government to operate on a fiscally sound basis
and provide the services that our public has
come to expect.
It is now very important
that we in government be good stewards of our
citizens’ investment and support through their
In the economic development
front, we are pleased to see the beginning of
construction on the new McCartney Produce
facility in the Paris City Industrial Park.
Also, Mineral Wells Avenue continues its surge
in development as the new Carroll Bank & Trust
Company building nears completion and Hardee’s
Restaurant begins construction.
Fishing tournaments on
Kentucky Lake are beginning in full force with
the recent Collegiate Big Bass Championship
featuring over 300 college anglers from 24
states. In addition, the inaugural Kayak
Fishing tournament created a lot of buzz in this
area with the fantastic number of entrants and
their unusual array of kayaks. We are
looking forward to the Wounded Warriors
Tournament in May, as well as the FLW Tournament
and the Bassmasters Classic in June. We
want all of our citizens to welcome our guests
with great southern hospitality. Tourism
continues to be one of our community’s key
After a tough winter, I
hope everyone enjoys the coming of spring and
summer. Get outside and take advantage of
the wonderful recreational opportunities that
Henry County provides.
As always, I welcome any comments or