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Students get lesson on county government

Ray County Collector Julie Chowning gives sixth-graders from Orrick Junior High a quick lesson on property taxes. The students also learned that much of county taxes go toward schools. (Photo by JoEllen Black/Richmond News)

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News Publisher

Middle-school students from Richmond and Orrick got a lesson in county government last week.

The students met with officeholders from A to Z — Assessor to Planning & Zoning — for five-minute presentations about the function of each county department. The event, coordinated by Ray County Collector Julie Chowning, was part of National County Government Month. It also included a coloring contest for county schoolchildren to depict some of the services provided by government entities such as the Ray County Sheriff’s Department.

When Orrick sixth-graders made their rounds to Chowning’s office, they learned that the office collects money for 50 county districts. Chowning illustrated county property taxes by having a crisp $100 bill on a desk, which was of great interest to students. Of that $100 of assessed valuation, she demonstrated that $7.53 is paid in taxes.

The complete story appears in the Tuesday, May 1, 2018, Richmond News.

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