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letter to the editor
Smoak responds


The town of Farragut was founded over 30 years ago in order to establish itself as a distinctive community within Knox County.

In doing so, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen throughout the years have been tasked with providing essential community services such as street repair and maintenance, community programs, events, parks maintenance, establishing and maintaining regulations for the development of the Town, and providing amenities such as greenway trails, among others. Each of these valuable services and amenities are what set Farragut apart and make it the great community it is today.

As we prepare for the FY2012 budget which begins July 1, the town of Farragut is financially strong and able to continue our same level of service without changes in our current revenue structure.

I want to assure our citizens that no one in the Town’s government has proposed a Property Tax, and in no way is the Board of Mayor and Aldermen considering a Property Tax.


In fact, if the Town continues to provide the same community services in the future, our revenue structure should be sustainable for many years to come.

Communities all over our great country are struggling during the continued economic slowdown and have had to resort to cutting services, laying off employees and raising taxes. Fortunately for the town of Farragut, we are not one of those communities. Our conservative budget practices have helped get the Town through these difficult times and will continue to do so in the future.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen recently completed a strategic plan, with community input, on what services and amenities our community would like to see within the next 15 years in the town of Farragut.

Some of those items include enhanced tourism and business development initiatives, building and staffing a community center with a gymnasium and aquatic facility, and continuing the development of McFee Park.

These new initiatives, if implemented, would also bring with them increased expenditures. Some services and amenities may be too costly to consider and others may be within our budgetary constraints.

Part of a Town administrator’s job is to evaluate what revenue sources are available to help fund these type of services and amenities. This assists the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in making well informed decisions as they plan for the Town’s future.

The town of Farragut’s future is bright, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve this great community.

David Smoak

Town Administrator

Town of Farragut

 

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