Jun 11 2014

On May 6, 2014, Blount County residents voted to increase the sales tax by 0.50%. To some, it was expected the increase in revenue would go towards schools.

"It means building and maintenance things that we've deferred, roofs, HVAC, the list goes on and on. It also means safety upgrades that need to be addressed in our school system, text books, technology," said Rob Britt Director of Schools [for Blount County].

Now Blount County residents find out the rest of the story.

On Tuesday, Blount County Budget committee members voted to recommend reallocation of property taxes to reduce the amount of property tax revenue given to the school system. This would reduce the funds for the school system by over $310 thousand.

Sure, it is possible the increase in sales tax income will be alloted to the school system. But, now that possible increase has to be reduced by the reduction in property tax income for the school system.

How will it all work out when the decisions are finally made? Who knows?

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