Maryville residents have Nov. 12 deadline to register to vote
By Joel Davis | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Maryville residents have until Nov. 12 to register to vote in the Dec. 10 referendum to increase the sales tax in the city from 9.25 to 9.75 percent.
The Maryville City Council unanimously voted on Tuesday night to hold the referendum, although the Blount County Commission could pre-empt the city and hold another countywide election.
The county has until Oct. 13 to notify the Election Commission if it wants to hold an election. According to the Election Commission staff, if the county makes the decision to move forward with the sales tax referendum, it would be 45 to 60 days before an election could be held.
There will be discussion and possible action regarding the sales tax during the Blount County Agenda Committee meeting, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 430 of the Blount County Courthouse.
County Commissioner Steve Samples said he did not think the commission would be interested in calling a special election to hold such a refounded.
“After coming off a referendum (in November) where the public rejected the sales tax increase, I think the only interest the commission would show at this point is whether we could hold it on a regular election and not cost the county additional dollars.”
In November, Blount County voters voted down a proposal to hike the local sales tax rate from 2.25 percent to 2.75 percent following the approval of a similar measure in Alcoa in August 2012. There were about 22,156 votes against the tax increase and 20,079 in favor.
During that referendum, the county had hoped to capture a portion — an estimated $2.3 million annually — of the increased sales tax revenues generated in Alcoa. The Alcoa hike went into effect in October.
In other election news, Sept. 24 is National Voter Registration Day. “It is important for individuals to register to vote, but it is equally important for voters to verify that their registrations are up to date,” said Blount County Administrator of Elections Libby Breeding. “If you have moved, now is a great time to update your address.”