Cooper Protests ASFT

Wes Cooper, long-time manager for Cooper Realty's East Tennessee sales operations, addressed the Loudon County Planning Commission last Tuesday to request an exemption of the Adequate Schools Facility Tax for the basement of a home he is building in Tellico Village.  Cooper argued that the way the ASFT law is written, his basement should not be included in the tax calculations. He maintained that since he did not plan to heat and cool the basement area at this time, the tax does not apply.

Members of the planning commission were not sure that his request should come to them but to a separate appeals board established for this kind of request. Ultimately however, the board denied his request. Cooper insinuated that legal action may be forthcoming.