In the race for Highway Superintendent, the Brian Downey campaign is telling the public that Jeff Headrick voted for a wheel tax while he served on the county commission. Some are countering that Headrick voted for a referendum for the voters to decide if they want a wheel tax. To settle the confusion regarding former commissioner Jeff Headrick’s record on the wheel tax, a review of Agenda Committee packets will set the record straight. These are readily available online.
Jeff Headrick voted to advance a resolution that would have levied a wheel tax. This vote would have placed the resolution on the commission agenda. To read the resolution see pages 58-59 of the May 12, 2015 Agenda Committee packet: http://www.blounttn.org/comm/AG150512.PDF
Compare that to the 2013 resolution that actually called a referendum on the question of levying a wheel tax. See pages 38-39. http://www.blounttn.org/comm/CC130418.PDF Jeff Headrick was not on the commission in 2013 when this vote occurred.
The vote on the resolution to levy a wheel tax is found in the minutes of the May 12, 2015 Agenda Committee meeting, which are available in the June 2015 Agenda Committee packet. See page 55. http://www.blounttn.org/comm/AG150609.PDF
Headrick resigned his commission seat earlier this year when the commission voted to appoint him to the position of Highway Superintendent to fill the vacancy left by Bill Dunlap’s resignation. Commissioners Mike Akard, Archie Archer, Jamie Daly, Karen Miller and Tona Monroe voted for Brian Downey. Commissioners Andy Allen, Brad Bowers, Shawn Carter, Rick Carver, Grady Caskey, Tom Cole, Dodd Crowe, Gary Farmer, Ron French, Mike Lewis, Kenneth Melton, Jerome Moon, Steve Samples and Tom Stinnett voted for Jeff Headrick. Commissioner Mike Caylor was absent.
If the wheel tax is an important issue to you, then you should take note that Brian Downey says he opposes it while Jeff Headrick voted to advance a measure that would have levied a wheel tax.