ITS IN THE MAIL
TAX BILL COMING - 20 CENT TAX HIKE
BY: PAT HUNTER
If you reside in Loudon County you will soon receive your new
tax bill. Expect to see a 20 cent tax hike per $100 of assessed property value.
Lenoir City residents have their own school system, and will
not see the 20 cent tax increase.
The 20 cent tax hike will go to fund the school building
program, which will be funded from the County's Rural Fund Debt, which Lenoir
City residents do not pay.
If you would like to look up your tax bill on-line, go to The
Tennessee Trustee Association website at
Click Loudon County. At the top of the page you will see "Pay
or Search Property Taxes On Line" (view tax card).
Search by name or address but be sure to click "SHOW ALL
TAXES PAID OR UNPAID."
Commission's Philosophy - TAX & SPEND
60 CENT TAX INCREASE SINCE 2005
JUNE 30, 2011 - COMMISSION VOTES
20 CENT TAX HIKE
10:22 PM, 06/30/2011
||Last updated: 4:53
Author: Elizabeth Trexler
The Loudon County Commission approved a 20-cent increase in
taxes to fund phase one of the school building program
The 6-4 vote came down to the wire, with Commissioner Don
Miller having the final say in the decision. Commissioners
Brian Jenkins, Bob Franke, Harold Duff, Sharon Yarbrough,
Stephen Harrelson and Miller voted in favor, with David
Meers, Earlena Maples, Austin Shaver and Roy Bledsoe voting
2008 - 8 CENT TAX HIKE
Author: Staff Report
Loudon County Commissioners voted Monday to approve
an 8-cent increase in the property tax rate for the county.
The new tax rate is $1.92 for every $100 of assessed
property value, 8 cents above the $1.84 rate of last year.
Silence descended for a few moments as Commission
Chairman Roy Bledsoe asked for a motion on the tax hike
as though no commissioner wanted to be the one to
actually move to raise taxes. Commissioner Don Miller
made the motion with Commissioner Chris Park giving the
second. Both Miller and Park are on the county budget
2006 - COMMISSION VOTES FOR SCHOOL
FACILITY TAX (AFT)
($ 1 PER SQ. FT)
SCHOOL FACILITY TAX OK'D
Loudon County Commission passed the adequate
school facilities tax Monday by a vote of nine to one with Commissioner Chris
Park being the lone "no" vote...
AFT - NEW RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT/ NEW ADDITIONS
2005 Tax increase -
32 CENT TAX HIKE -- 21% INCREASE
County tax hike passed
By a narrow 6-4 majority, Loudon County Commissioners voted
to raise the property tax rate to $1.84 per $100 of assessed
value Thursday night, as part of adopting the county budget
for this fiscal year.
This is six cents higher than last year's rate of $1.78 and
32 cents higher than the new certified rate of $1.52 adopted
this year. The jump from $1.52 to $1.84 represents a 21
County Mayor George Miller, who is also the chairman of the
county budget committee, said some items and projects the
budget will fund include roughly a three percent raise for
county employees; matching funds for road improvement
projects, including improvements to the Shaw Ferry/ Highway
11 intersection; and six new vehicles for the sheriff's
department, which has not gotten new cars in two years,
"No one likes a tax increase," Miller said. However, he
noted the county commission is charged with "doing what's
best" for county residents and urged commission to pass the
The adopted budget also gives county schools $1.6-million in
new money. More than $500,000 will go to the Lenoir City
district, the mayor said. The remainder goes to the county
Commissioners voting in favor of the increase were Nancy
Marcus, David Meers, Chuck Jenkins, Bob Franke, Ed Harold
and Don Miller.
Commissioners voting against were Earlena Maples, Roy
Bledsoe, Harold Duff and Van Shaver.
It seemed nearly everyone at the Thursday night meeting had
something to say. Several citizens spoke out against the tax
hike at a public hearing immediately before commissioners
considered the tax increase.
However, several others spoke in favor of a tax increase, if
it would improve county schools and better fund other county
departments, such as the sheriff's department.
Second District Commissioner Maples said the majority of
people in her district she'd heard from were against a tax
increase. She noted commissioners understood the need to
fund education, but said they also have to consider
students' parents, who have to pay the higher taxes, as well
as senior citizens on fixed incomes, concerned about how
they'll be able to afford the medication they need.
"It's not that anybody doesn't care about children...they're
our future; of course we care. But we also care about their
families," Maples said.
Commissioner Don Miller said a 21 percent tax increase
"sounds excessive at first glance," but noted the county
"needed to look at it in perspective."
Officials pointed out the county commission has not
increased the certified tax rate in 20 years, though the
certified rate by itself has driven taxes up for some county
residents after reappraisals. Miller noted the county did
raise taxes in 1995, but lowered them in 1996.
Over the past two decades, Miller said, inflation has gone
up 80 percent, and the county has "eaten it," by dipping
into its reserves instead of raising taxes, until there is
no reserve money left.
Miller also spoke on behalf of schools.
He said the county school system started with a need for 33
more tax pennies. By themselves, they shaved that request to
21.5 cents. The commissioner said the new budget gives
schools 15 new cents, about 10 cents of which is mandated by
He and Commissioner David Meers both pointed out the federal
government's No Child Left Behind program imposes unfunded
mandates on schools.
That means the federal government raises expectations for
schools, but doesn't provide any money to cover the cost
required to meet those expectations, such as additional
teachers so classes can be made smaller.
Miller also noted last year, the county had the seventh
lowest property tax rate out of all 95 Tennessee counties.
Even with the tax increase, he said, Loudon County would
still be among the lowest 10 in the state.