Public Hearing, Heard
The first of three meetings being held by Loudon County commission was Wednesday evening. The public hearing is a statutory requirement as part of the budget process. It had been expected that a large crowd would be in attendance. Everyone attending the meeting was issued a number in series when they entered the room due to the fact that the fire marshal had recently placed a maximum capacity on the meeting room at 123. Fortunately, the crowd size never got close to the max.
There were approximately 80 folks in attendance including all the elected officials, media and security. There were about 50 citizens and county employees in the audience.
15 people had requested to address the budget committee about various parts of the proposed budget. About 8 spoke in opposition to the school building plan/tax increase, 3 spoke in favor of the school building plan/tax increase, one county employee spoke on behalf of herself and 15 other county employees who stood while she addressed the budget committee pertaining to change in county employee benefits and pay and to be honest, I'm not sure what the other three were talking about. They were just kind of all over the place. The meeting lasted about an hour and a half.
Over all, the meeting went smooth with commissioners and citizens alike showing respect and civility.
The next meeting will be a workshop for the entire commission Monday, June 27 6:00, at the Court House Annex.
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