Higher Taxes For Us
Free Money For Developers
|With higher property taxes and wheel taxes hanging
over the heads of Loudon County residents, it's very surprising that the
Loudon County budget committee will be recommending to the full
commission to pay $390,000.00 for the new road into Thunder Thornton's
gated Tennessee National Development. Last week I brought you the story
of the City of Loudon's decision to build Thornton a new road with tax
payer money. And after the fact, wants the County to chip in 390K.
Loudon claims the county committed to the project back in 2001. However
the county opted out of the project in 2002.
A vote on the matter was set for earlier this month, but when commissioners learned the county had pulled out of the project in 02, the vote was postponed for further study. Apparently, commissioners on the budget committee have had enough study.
The first obligation facing the commission is to the tax payers and they
have made their feelings clear on subsidizing developers i.e. Dr. Bob
Overholt. Secondly commission has an obligation to honor the votes of
the previous commission who voted in 2002 to withdraw from the project.
There was never an agreement signed prior to commission's vote to
withdraw and certainly former County Mayor, George Miller, had no
authority what so ever to unilaterally obligate the county to such a
If the Loudon City Council feels the need to donate city tax payers money to developers, then that's their decision. But that in no way obligates county tax payers to help foot the bill.