Double Tax Whammy
Budget Committee Votes 8-cent Property Tax Hike
Next Step - Commission approval
AND New Wheel Tax!
By: Pat Hunter
On April 23, 2008, the Loudon County Budget Committee voted to recommend an 8-cent property tax hike. Two days earlier they had voted to recommend a wheel tax to generate millions in new revenues. That's right you heard correctly, in hard economic times, the Budget Committee is recommending two taxes for Loudon County residents! See related commentary about the proposed wheel tax!
The current property tax rate is $1.84 however, the new county rate if adopted by the full county commission would increase to $1.92. This does not include city property taxes if you reside in Lenoir or Loudon cities, that amount would be additional. Here's a breakdown of the tax pennies distribution, middle column.
The Budget Committee voted to recommend an eight cent (8-cent) property tax hike for right now, all in the name of education. Although an 8-cent property tax increase is proposed, the School Board will still have to drastically slash over $3 Million in proposed new operating budget expenses for next year's school calendar.
Voting Aye to increase property taxes and to send this recommendation for commission approval: Mayor Doyle Arp-R, Budget Chairman, Comm. Bob Franke-R, Comm. Don Miller-R, Comm. Nancy Marcus-R and Comm. Chris Park-R.
Budget Committee member D-3 Greenback Bob Franke commented how there had not been a property tax increase in 3-years. Earlier, Franke had commented how commissioners increased property taxes over 30% and how commission went over the certified tax rate. I wonder how many taxpayers like being gouged twice in a re-appraisal year? Next year is a re-appraisal year and the Budget Committee is already promising once again an even larger property tax hike to coincide with new property re-appraisals!
The Loudon County Board of Education has received no sympathy for School Board spending not even from one Budget Committee member, a retired educator, D-1 Comm. Nancy Marcus. She is the spouse of D-1 School Board member Bill Marcus. Mr. Marcus is running for re-election in the Aug. 7th School Board race, his opponent is Ms. Wendy Baustian, PTO President, Loudon Elementary School.
When the Budget Committee reviewed the proposed FY 08-09 School Budget, committee members reminded everyone in attendance how the School Board requested to buy learning cottages (trailers) and how the learning cottages sat empty most of this school year. The cost of the learning cottages was nearly $500,000, which was financed for three years! See Report Card to learn more about the learning cottages debacle.
Accountability of taxpayer monies means accountability of all public funds and spending. What about county commission's spending spree to fund Mayor Doyle Arp's costly renovations and commissioners big fat pay raise?
Are you concerned with all the wasteful spending and the proposed 8-cent property tax hike and new wheel tax? Please voice your concerns to your elected representatives:
(Picture of Mayor Arp's new office)
Mayor Doyle Arp Phone: 458-4664 office, 458- 3980 home
Email: email@example.com (Chairman Budget Committee)
1st District - Nancy Marcus, Phone: 458-8581, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Budget Committee)
1st District - David Meers, Phone: 458-2414, Email: email@example.com
2nd District - Earlena Maples - Phone 986-6772, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd District - Shirley Reno - Phone 986-1256, Email: email@example.com
3rd District - Bob Franke Phone: 856-0303, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Budget Committee)
4th District Roy Bledsoe (Chairman) Phone: 458-2829
5th District Harold Duff - Phone 988-6647, Email: email@example.com
5th District Chris Park - Phone: 986-1229, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Budget Committee)
6th District - Wayne Gardin, Phone: 988-4433 Email: email@example.com
7th District - Don Miller, Phone: 458-0658, Email firstname.lastname@example.org (Budget Committee)