Sharron Hannum has done good things for our community and I commend her for her service. The Mayor has nominated to her to serve on the Budget Committee and the Purchasing Commission. There’s one big problem though; she doesn’t pay her taxes on time.
A call to the Trustee’s office on Wednesday confirmed that Mayor Ed Mitchell’s unelected nominee for the Budget Committee and Purchasing Commission has been habitually delinquent in paying her property taxes. According to the Trustee’s office, both of Sharon Y. Hannum’s parcels have been delinquent three years in a row. One parcel was turned over to the Clerk and Master for collection on the delinquent taxes. That property became delinquent again and remained delinquent, at the time of the call to the Trustee’s office.
The memberships of the Purchasing Commission and the Budget Committee are very important to the financial well being of the people of Blount County. The people deserve new leadership with the integrity to speak up and make the difficult decisions necessary for the financial well being of all Blount County citizens.
People have repeatedly told me that they are tired of business as usual. The people deserve to know how the Mayor may be stacking the deck against fixed rate financing, and how our purchasing process is not getting the best deals for the taxpayers.
My calls to Sharron Hannum went unreturned at the time of publication.
Since Hannum will answer to the Mayor, instead of the people, it’s important that the people of Blount County have the opportunity to weigh in on the subject now. The commission must approve or reject her nominations. Any of the three great ladies, that the voters elected to serve on the commission, will do a fine job serving on the Budget Committee and/or the Purchasing Commission. The three ladies have already proven they are the most fiscally conservative commissioners.
Question for you, the taxpayers: Do you think that someone who is habitually delinquent on their taxes should be in a position of power to make decisions affecting your tax rate and how your tax money is spent?