Joe McCulley runs for Blount County Commission

Joe McCulley has announced as a candidate for Blount County Commission, District 1, Seat B in the Republican Party Primary Election to be held on May 1.

He has extensive experience in business and finance having been the owner/ broker of a real estate, insurance and investment company. He has also served as the treasurer and Board of Directors member of Alcoa Tenn Federal Credit Union.

McCulley is a disabled Vietnam veteran who is active in serving veterans in the community. He is a member of the Blount County Veterans Affairs Committee, The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 76, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10855, AMVETS Post 22, American Legion Post 13 and the United Veterans of Blount County. The veterans of Blount County have honored him with their two highest awards, the Veteran of the Year and the Andy Chandler Lifetime Achievement Award, for his dedication in assisting veterans.

McCulley issued the following statement: “I served from 2006 to 2010 on the Blount County Commission. I voted against the property tax increase of 2007, voted against the wheel tax when it was on the ballot and seconded the motion to reduce the commissioners’ pay 10%. I questioned numerous spending proposals and was the first commissioner to speak against the dangerous swap and variable rate bonds. I supported that the debt be placed in a fixed rate with regular payments on both the interest and principal. The county went years only paying interest and nothing on the principal. I am a conservative and will not vote for an increase in the property tax or for a wheel tax. Neither will I support over a 60% increase in the commissioners’ pay. The records of my opponent, Shawn Carter, and I are totally different during our time on the county commission. He voted for a 16% increase in the property tax which was one of the highest increases in the history of Blount County and for the wheel tax proposal. He actively supported and voted for over a 60% increase in his pay to be paid for by the taxpayers. The voters have a clear choice in this race. They can support more spending and higher taxes by voting for Carter or fiscal responsibility concerning spending with no tax increases by voting for McCulley.”

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