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There is a chance that Knox County voters will decide the fate of County Mayor Mike Ragsdale’s proposed “Wheel Tax” in the November election.

The Knox County Election Commission is using due diligence in verifying the signatures on petitions calling for a referendum on the tax issue.


The mayor addressed Knox County Commission Monday with the message that budget cuts to the tune of $12 million will result if the tax fails (see page 8 for story). He said that progress in the county will be slowed significantly.

However, progress cannot be slowed to the point that it affects the education of our youth.

Many have voiced opposition to a new high school in West Knox County and many have expressed that the burden of that school should not be placed on residents of the entire county.

But, as this county developed over the years, all the schools that were built were financial burdens on county residents at that time.

Schools must be built where population demands.

The fact that people have chosen to live in West Knox County should not be held against them. Everyone has the right to live wherever they can afford.

If taxpayers refuse to share the burden of education; then all education should be privatized and those with children bear the brunt of the cost as those parents who choose to educate their children in private schools.

 

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