For the third time, Blount County voters have rejected a wheel tax in Blount County. This is the fourth attempt by the all-Republican commission to tax Blount Countians in the last four years. Soon after they were elected, the all-Republican commission passed a property tax increase. The following year, while the rest of the country was experiencing falling property values, the commission approved a county-wide increase in appraisal values, thus forcing Blount Countians to pay more in taxes. Last year, 2013, we voted down a proposed sales tax increase. And now, just 8 months later, we voted down a wheel tax.
How many more second chances do these Republicans get? It should be clear to anyone paying attention that the Blount County Republican Party is not a friend to anyone that’s fiscally responsible. The only home for those who are fiscally responsible is the Libertarian Party. I hope and pray that we have enough Libertarian and Liberty-minded candidates next year to unseat these irresponsible commissioners.