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OurView — Government doesn't listen to public


Farragut and Knox County residents are in store for a wheel tax if County Mayor Mike Ragsdale gets his way.

Part of the money generated from the $12 million boost in tax revenue would go to give bureaucrats a pay raise. Another part of the revenue would go to build schools. Yet no one is saying when or where.

And yet, another portion of the revenue would go to build a new state-of-the-art downtown library. The county has said that the community is all for building the library and yet, telephone polls taken by two local TV stations show that about 73 percent of the public are opposed to a new downtown library.

Government is a tool of the public and as the public has witnessed in recent Knox County Schools and School Board decisions, the public voice is rarely heeded.

That’s why public meetings are held and the public is allowed to voice its wishes. Then the government will do as it pleases.




 

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