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OurView — License tags should not be advertising space


Should private business be allowed to use a state taxing instrument to generate free advertising? This is a question that comes to mind as our stewards in the state Capital continue to bow to the buck.

The powers that be in Nashville, it was announced this week, have willed that another specialty license tag will go on sale — the NASCAR tag.


Under the guise of benefiting the Tennessee State Museum Foundation and the Bristol Speedway Children’s Charities, the tag is merely advertisement for the “for profit” business — NASCAR.

Why should a private business be allowed to use a Tennessee tax instrument as advertisement, especially one that potentially encourages the speeding problem.

It’s bad enough that a trip to the county clerk’s office in Knox County has a wall filled with specialty tags displayed for the low price of $35; that’s in addition to the $30 tags cost now thanks to our ever mindful Knox County Commission.

How long will it be before we will have the option of buying a tag advertising local restaurants, television or radio stations, or perhaps a car manufacturing plant?

If tags are going to be used to advertise business, then make the price equivalent to a thousand mini billboards, because that’s what they are.

 

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