BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan County property owners will be looking at about a 9.4 percent tax increase for the fiscal year that begins next week if the Sullivan County Commission’s Budget Committee has its way.
If enacted by the full commission, it would be the first county tax increase in eight years.
The committee hasn’t officially hashed out all the details of a comprehensive county budget for the 12-month budget cycle that begins July 1, but a majority voted Monday to recommend a 20 cent tax increase to the full commission.
To become effective, that recommendation — along with an actual budget plan for all county departments and funded agencies — must be approved by a simple majority of the commission (at least 13 of 24 members) at two separate meetings.
Five of the Budget Committee’s members voted in favor (Mark Bowery, Linda Brittenham, Moe Brotherton, longtime committee Chairman Eddie Williams and Robert White — self-described “short-term vice chairman”), two voted “no” (John Crawford and Bob Neal), and one was absent (Ty Boomershine).
White’s ultimately successful motion for a 20 cent increase came after an earlier vote on his original 25 cent increase proposal failed. Both motions were seconded by Bowery.
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