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Some members of the West Knox County Homeowner’s Association were surprised when the topic of the proposed Knox County Wheel Tax was brought into discussion, Association President John Schoonmaker told the farragutpress.

Schoonmaker indicated that some attendees thought that the tax would amount to Tennessee license plates costing only $30.

In reality, the cost of plates each year would be the initial $30, which includes a $6 tax levied by county commission last year, plus the new $30 tax that County Mayor Mike Ragsdale has proposed. This would bring the total cost of license plates to $60 per vehicle.

During this week’s Knox County Commission Finance Committee meeting, Commissioner Thomas “Tank” Strickland (District 1B) injected that he had been advised by his state representative that the legislature is voting on an amendment (SB3410, HB3495), which would result in the county assessing a $10 to $15 additional tax on license plates because of county emissions standards.

If this measure passes (voting was to take place Wednesday after press deadline), then county taxpayers will be paying anywhere from $70 to $75 per vehicle for licence plates yearly.

Farragut residents are already paying a large portion of the property taxes collected in Knox County. And with no new high school on the drawing board for the next five years, are tax dollars being spent wisely?

As one presstalk contributor stated, there is no overcrowding at the downtown library.

Yes, a new library may become a center for economic development, but the needs of the many, in this case about 1,000 students at Farragut High School, needs to come first before money is spent designing libraries.

Hardin Valley is the next major growth area in West Knox County. When these houses are built, where will those children be educated?

If taxes are going to be collected, then spend the money where its needed, on the children.


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