Blount County’s state legislators aren’t exactly know for fiscal conservatism or advocating liberty. They’re supporters of big government. It’s not surprising to see Tennessee Representative Bob Ramsey, Representative Art Swann and Senator Doug Overbey vote to raise the gas tax and tag renewal fees.
The increase on a tag renewal for non-commercial vehicles is $5. The sales tax on food will reduce by 1%. That means that a two car family will have to spend $1,000 on groceries to break even on the new legislation. A three car family will have to spend more than $1,500 to see any savings and that doesn’t include the gas tax increase. The state tax on gasoline will increase 6 cents per gallon over 3 years and diesel will increase 10 cents over three years.
Pay close attention to your local officials. All three of these men were Blount County Commissioners prior to being elected to state office.