May 12 2013

Blount County residents are asked to vote on a County-Wide Wheel Tax.

Early Voting Dates - May 22, 2013 to June 6, 2013
Monday through Friday - 8 AM to 4 PM
Saturday - 8 AM to 2 PM

Early Voting Location - Election Commission Office, Blount County Court House, 383 Court Street, Maryville, TN

Final day to vote - Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Vote -
Wheet Tax Referendum
Shall Resolution No. 13-04-002 passed pursuant to T.C.A. 5-8-102, by the Blount County Legislative Body, which adopts a local wheel tax in the amount of thirty-five dollars ($35.00) for each motor-driven vehicle and seventeen dollars and 50/100 ($17.50) fo motorcycles, proceeds to be used to operate Elementary, Middle and High Schools, be approved?

In other words, do you want to pay an extra $35.00 a year when you register your car ($17.50 for a motorcycle) for additional funding of Blount County Schools?

Blount County residents have voted down the wheel tax once or twice in the past decade. We'll see how this vote turns out. At this time, my only opinion on a wheel-tax is that it takes more out of the pocket of the person who can afford a $1,000 car than the person who can afford a $30,000 car. Knox County has a $36.00 wheel tax.

My main question is how many people even know it is time to vote on the issue? This is the only item on the ballot. It was approved for a referendum only a month ago. How much does this special election cost?

Wheel Tax

The reported cost of holding the special election is $85,000.

The supporters really does not want a lot of publicity for this election. They are counting on a very low voter turnout. The larger the turnout the less chance it has to pass.

There is nothing to keep the county commission from raising the wheel tax at a later date if it passes. In fact, they could have imposed the tax without a referendum.

Maybe the supporters should

Maybe the supporters should be required to pay the election commission for holding this special election.

I'm ambivalent on this tax. I think the majority of registered voters should be made aware of the vote.

It really is all about

It really is all about deceiving the voters and taxpayers. $85,000 they could have applied toward the holes in the budget. Sell off some of the sheriff's, Harleys, jet skiis.

Not about the schools- about the incompetent commission!

It is too bad that the people of Blount County cannot see or do anything about how this vote was intentionally put together by the county commission and shamelessly promoted by the Daily Times. This is the first time I have seen our local newspaper do what the media did to promote Obama in the last two elections. You would have thought they would have reported on both sides of this issue.I am sure behind the scenes the Times was pressured by the commission to promote the tax. This tax SHOULD be voted down by the taxpayers since it does NOT solve the problem of the budget shortages. Our commission should have had the guts to come to the people and show how by making us pay this tax will plug the holes. It doesn't. Another band aid. Show us the master plan and if you don't have one, figure it out! That's what you tax and spend so-called conservatives were elected to do. Again vote the tax down and force the commission to come up with a real plan that really will balance the budget.

Wheel Tax

I've never seen a newspaper push anything as much as The Daily Times is pushing the wheel tax. If the tax passes I'm thinking I won't be able to afford to subscribe to the paper anymore.

wheel tax pandering big TIME'S

Never in my life have I seen such pandering on an issue by a city's primary standard of record. Day after day of endless ink wasted on dribble instead of an honest account of an issue.

Just label the entire paper as an advertisement! Useless.

Wheel Tax

Awesome! The NO vote wins! I'm still disgusted by The Daily Times coverage of this issue and will let my sub expire.

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