Friday, June 22, 2012

The Sullivan County Wheel Tax Proposal
Discussions have turned to a potential tax increase in Sullivan County as commissioners have been considering a property tax increase as a way to balance next year’s budget. The Budget Committee only has until July first so some commissioners introduced the wheel tax idea. That proposal would assess a 25-dollar tax on each car or truck in Sullivan County and would be collected with license plate renewals. The tax is estimated to generate around 7-million dollars a year and avoid a burden on property owners alone. The school district has a 2.6-million dollar surplus but does not want to use it to balance a budget that is now estimated to be over by 3.8-million. The opinion is that most counties in Tennessee that are the size of Sullivan County use the wheel tax. The problem with a wheel tax is getting it passed and the county needs a property tax rate set so they can borrow money to fund payroll in July and August. The wheel tax idea would require a two-thirds vote or 16 of the 24 commissioners while a property tax increase would only need 13 votes or a simple majority to pass. Commissioners will probably need two scheduled meetings in July to get this done. The Sullivan County Elections office explains that county residents can circulate a petition to gain 3,993 signatures from registered voters within 30 days for the tax measure to get on a ballot. (bg)

Friday, December 19, 2014

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  • Abingdon Firefighter Arraigned in Court on Child Solicitation and Pornography Charges
  • Zoning Exceptions on Elderly Living and Care Facilities to go to Bristol, Virginia City Council
  • Occupants of Vehicle Involved in Abingdon Hit-And-Run Identified as Washington State Runaways
  • Allen Denies All Child Abuse Charges in Washington County Trial
  • Abingdon Police Two Involved in Lowry Drive Hit and Run
  • Man Arrest in Blountville for Reckless Driving, Claimed he was FBI
  • Kingsport Man Arrested for Kidnapping, Assault, and Neglect
  • Food trucks to Come, No Public Parking for them in Johnson City
  • Abingdon Woman Who is a Sex Offender Arrested for Being at School
  • Sex Charges Mount Against John Battle High School Teacher
  • Abingdon Man Charged with Having Porn, Soliciting Minor
  • Update: Child Abuse Trial Resumes Friday
  • Man Falls to his Death From Cell Phone Tower in Greeneville
  • Domestic Episode in Johnson City Turns Into Standoff
  • Bristol Wins Designation as "Virginia Enterprise Zone"
  • Man Wanted in Bristol for Assaulting Officers Arrested in Florida
  • Greene County Police Investigating Shooting at Greeneville Apartments
  • Changes Coming for Virginia's Standards of Learning
  • Police Searching for Man Who Chased Estranged Wife From Blountville to Kingsport
  • Johnson City to Raise Hotel/Motel Tax, Against Property Tax



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