Phase I Passes
The drama, the tension nor the stakes could have been higher at Thursday's commission meeting. Of course the biggest issue commission faced was the Phase I building plan and the tax increase needed to fund it. In the end, commission passed by the narrowest margin the twenty cent tax increase to fund the building program.
Cheers and tears rolled as commissioner Don Miller cast the deciding vote to secure the funding. Not everybody at the standing room only meeting was happy with the vote but the vast majority let their feelings be known with their applauses.
This is the short version of a very long meeting and we'll get into the details more next week.
This concludes years and years of planning and preparation for the building program. Now with funding in place the next step will be to let the bids for the three projects. If everything goes as it should, the bid process could be completed in maybe sixty days, maybe less. After that, it will be time to move dirt.
You all have a great Forth Of July Holiday.
Loudon County Commission OKs 20-cent property tax increase to fund school building program
By Hugh G. Willett knoxnews.com
Loudon County commissioners approve property tax increase
By JOSH AULT WATE 6 News Reporter
LOUDON (WATE) - The Loudon County courthouse annex was packed Thursday night as commissioner decided on a 20 cent property tax increase.
People on both sides of the issue were there. 24 of them were able to voice their opinion before commissioners made theirs.
In the end, commissioners voted six to four to approve the property tax increase.
The main reason for the hike was to build several new schools throughout the county.
The focal point was the school in Greenback, which has been in disrepair for decades. Many of the schools have become too small, and portable buildings have been brought in to ease the student population.
Schools officials were
thrilled over the positive outcome of the vote.
"This is an exciting point in our life," said Jason Vance, Loudon County director of schools. "We are so excited about this. We have been working on this for the past six or seven years. It is just a point for us to move forward and provide better educational facilities for our children."
Those who had opposed the
hike feel this tax increase will become a financial burden for
those living in the county.
Vance says they already have plans to start the new projects in July.
In other county business, commissioners voted to not give any new raises to county employees, and discuss that issue at a later time.
There was also a proposal to increase what county employees pay for their insurance. That was also put on hold after several commissioners voiced their concerns.
Commissioners vote on tax hike to fun new schools in Loudon County
Loudon County Commissioners voted on 20 cent tax hike to fund the building of new schools in the area.
Lorena Estrada (WVLT)
LOUDON, Tenn. (WVLT)-- After more than three hours, Loudon County Commissioners voted on a new budget Thursday.
In a 6 to 4 vote, commissioners voted on a 20 cent property tax increase to fundthe building of new schools in the area, including one in Greenback.
The tax proposal divided people in the community: some opposed the hike while others supported the plan to build to new schools for their children. But the majority of the people at the meeting were people in support of the tax hike, who cheered and cried once they heard the news they've been longing to hear.
One of them, Patsi Llumbet. She's a parent and teacher who's been teaching in Loudon Co. for the almost two decades. She said the decision is life-changing.
"I've taught 24 years and we've wanted this for most of those 34 years," she said. "They've finally come together and agreed. This is amazing for our children and community."
New Loudon Co. budget includes controversial tax raise
WBIR.com Loudon County now has a new budget. Commissioners voted 6 to 4 to approve the budget in a meeting lasting more than three hours on Thursday.
The new budget includes a controversial 20 cent property tax increase. The money will go toward funding new schools including one in Greenback.
Commissioner Don Miller voted with the majority in supporting the plan. He said it was the right thing to do in spite of the tough economy. "It's not a good time to be raising taxes...at some point could not let conditions in these two schools continue," said Miller.
The property tax increase amounts to about 50 dollars more for a person with a $100,000 home.
That rate is still far lower than what property owners paid for much of the last two decades. Rates have fallen during that time due mainly to inflation and reappraisals.