As anyone who has been on Facebook the last few days surely knows by now our county commission is trying to pull a tax increase on us and trick us into thinking they did not. Well, of course, I can not let this stand without throwing my two cents in.
Thanks to Property Assessor Brandon Partin (he is fighting to keep you informed and protect you) I have the information I need to go after these tax fattened hyenas in the courthouse.
First off here are some facts. The state recently did a reappraisal. State law dictates that during a reappraisal year the county must adopt a Certified Tax Rate (CTR) established by the State Board of Equalization. This is to keep the county tax rate neutral. This is apparently not good enough for the commissioners. They want to keep the same tax rate and thus steal more of your hard earned money.
In legal terms Tennessee Code Annotates tells us “ No tax rate in excess of the certified tax rate may be levied by the county legislative body until a resolution or ordinance has been approved by county legislative body according to the following procedure: (1) the county legislative body must advertise its intent to exceed the certified tax rate in a newspaper of general circulation in the county (See Sample newspaper advertisement of Notice of Intent to Exceed Certified Tax Rate), (2) the county mayor must, within 30 days after publication, furnish to the State Board of Equalization an affidavit of publication; (3) a public hearing must be held on the issue, and (4) the county legislative body, after the public hearing, may adopt a resolution or ordinance levying a tax rate in excess of the certified tax rate.” This is TCA 67-5-1702 if you want to look it up yourself.
Now the high and mighty Budget and Finance Committee (which is made up of the entire commission) has already unanimously decided that the county needs to go ahead and go through this because they apparently do not steal enough of our money already. For full disclosure purposes only ten members were there as a third of them were absent for unknown reasons.
Now I am opposed to a tax increase in any form, especially a property tax one. Though the Libertarian in me believes taxation is theft I also know it is a necessary evil in my life. I prefer the consumption taxes to property and income taxes personally.
The worst part is they could choose to be revenue neutral and adopt the adjusted tax rate where nobody would feel a change. Unfortunately they want more of our money for whatever reason. I am not even sure why as they are not giving the potential new revenue to the school system which is facing a huge shortfall or the road department that is having to repair roads damaged in recent flooding. Nope this money is just going into a fund the hyenas can control.
Now I know some of you would be fine if the schools got the money. Heck I watched the school system make a very difficult move to shutter the alternative school program and move them to the high schools to save money and they almost cut the 6th through 8th grade at White Oak thus banishing those students to a bus ride to Wynn. So if they are going to force this on us why not give it to the people who educate our children.
I even know a number of you would like to see the roads repaved and repaired. I also know this is a controversial subject as to what roads get paved. But at this point the road budget is going to be stretched to a snapping point because of all the rains this spring.
No matter how you feel you need to contact your commissioners and let them know where you stand. You need to PACK the courthouse on July 15th and make them look at you if they choose to vote to steal more of your money. You have to make your voice heard or 15 people will decide for you!