ROGERSVILLE — Through its lack of action Monday, the Hawkins County Commission’s Budget Committee in essence is recommending approval of a county school budget proposal that will cost the city of Rogersville $164,000 in revenue.
County school officials attended a Budget Committee meeting Monday to answer questions about a proposed change in its budget that shifts $2.15 million of its county property tax revenue from the school general fund to the school transportation department.
County school general funds allocated from property tax revenue must be shared with municipalities that have their own school systems. Transportation funds aren’t shared.
The proposal will cost Rogersville $164,000, and Kingsport $68,000.
“Surely you knew this was going to be controversial when you put an extra tax on the city of Rogersville,” Budget Committee member Virgil Mallet told school officials. “That’s what you’re doing. You’re taxing the city of Rogersville extra, and you’re penalizing them through no fault of there own, with no benefits to them.”Read more in Tuesday's print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition.