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Triple the compensation for State legislature

Gee, this comes as a big surprise.  State legislators get triple what their actual pay is.  The State legislature must have been watching Commissioners Gary Farmer, Kenneth Melton and Bob Ramsey who voted to triple their pay without having Commissioner pay raises on the Commission agenda.  Bob Ramsey got promoted to the State legislature in all his glorious stupidity.

It’s time to throw out career politicians Gary Farmer and Kenneth Melton.  If you live in Commission District 4, please vote for Neal Hutchens and if you live in District 10 (Louisville) write-in Larry Henry for Seat B.

http://blogs.knoxnews.com/humphrey/2013/03/legislators-salary-benefits-pa.html

Commissioners who voted to disband the Ethics Committee

Current County Commissioners who voted to disband the Ethics Committee in June 2009.

Tonya Burchfield -defeated in primary by Archie Archer
Gary Farmer -defeated Linda King in primary – now facing Neal Hutchens in the general election
Brad Harrison -defeated in primary by Mike Akard
Scott Helton -running for School Board
Gerald Kirby -defeated in primary by Jamie Daly – running as a write-in
Holden Lail -defeated in primary by Tom Cole-
Peggy Lambert -didn’t seek election – is Republican National Committeewoman
Mike Lewis -defeated Douglas Benton in primary
Kenneth Melton -defeated Larry Henry in the primary by 6 votes – now facing Larry Henry as a write-in in the general
Steve Samples -defeated Sean Thompson in the primary

See page 3 the Commission minutes in the July 2009 Commission packet.

5 are off the Commission for good.  One is seeking a School Board seat.  We’re stuck with 2 for four more years (Lewis and Samples).  The voters can send 3 more home for good (Gary Farmer, Gerald Kirby and Kenneth Melton).

Roller Coaster Tax Rate

On page 35 of this June 2011 Commission packet you will find the property tax rate for Blount County for fiscal years (FY) 1991-2011.  The $2.21 that you see for FY12 on this chart is what was needed during that year to pay for the original proposed budget.  The Commission chose to raise the rate to $2.15, from $2.04 the previous year.  It has remained at $2.15 since the rate increase for FY12, which was voted on in June 2011.

While the $2.15 rate is the same for FY 2015 as it was for FY 2004, the rate has gone up and down during that time.  The lowest rate was FY 2011 at $2.04 because of the State mandated certified rate that requires the tax rate to be adjusted to make the tax revenue level the same as it was with the old rate after the whole County has been reappraised.  This usually means that the rate will go down because most home values have gone up, in addition to new homes that were built.  The highest rate was $2.43 in FY’s 2005 and 2006.  It is a true statement that the rate is the same as it was 11 years ago, but it hasn’t been a steady rate and the County is collecting more property tax revenue because home values have increased.  Most people are paying higher property taxes than they were 10 years ago.