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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 http://www.tennesseetrustee.com/

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

http://www.loudon.xtn.net/story/13123

County commission passes tax increase to fund phase one of building program

Published: 10:22 PM, 06/30/2011 Last updated: 4:53 PM, 07/01/2011
 

Author: Elizabeth Trexler
Source: News-Herald

 

The Loudon County Commission approved a 20-cent increase in taxes to fund phase one of the school building program Thursday night.

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 against.
 

 

 

 

 

2008 - 8 CENT TAX HIKE

http://www.loudon.xtn.net/story/5740

Property tax hike OK'd

Author: Staff Report
Source: News-Herald

 

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
committee.
 

 

 

 

 

 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...
http://www.loudon.xtn.net/story/4314

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 percent increase.

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, Miller said.

"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 budget.

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 system.
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 the state.

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.

 

 

 

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