With county assessments up 27%, a rate cut is inevitable — the only question is by how much. The Board of Supervisors is weighing that question, considering how far below the current 76-cent rate the new rate should be. School superintendent Kevin Castner has asked that the board not drop below $0.74, because that would only exacerbate the existing $1.2M funding shortfall for the schools. Since the school budget is often the controlling factor in tax rates, the question seems to be, simply, whether the rate should drop one cent, or two. The always-stylish Julie Stavitski has the story in today’s Progress.