Commissioner Suggest Sales Tax Hike For County And LC

At Monday's county commission meeting, first district commissioner, David Meers, recommended to the commission that it was time to put a sales tax increase referendum designated to education before the voters. Meers stated that with the continuing increases needed in education a sales tax increase might be the best alternative. The tax increase would apply to Lenoir City and all other areas of the county with the exception of the city of Loudon which is already at the maximum allowable tax rate. The increase could be one half to three quarter of a cent and is expected to generate about 1.5 million dollars per year.

Meers stated that a referendum would put the tax increase decision in the hands of the voters to let them decide if they, the voters, would support the increase. Others commissioners felt the idea would be worth looking into.