Users should pay non-academic costs
We moved from New Hampshire to Maryville, then Townsend, three years ago. In addition to the great weather, wonderful condition of the roads, and the beautiful Smokies, we were drawn by the user-friendly tax structure.
In New Hampshire, whenever the schools couldn’t balance their budgets, they raised property taxes. Without state sales and income taxes, the burden of funding the school budgets fell on the shoulders of property owners.
When homeowners became irritable about seeing their taxes rise as their property values fell, the state raised the costs of vehicle registrations, drivers’ license renewals, landfill fees, etc. Property taxes continued to rise. Services didn‘t.
Blount County is headed in the same direction. A wheel tax will be burdensome to families who already pay heavy taxes on the purchase of new and used vehicles. The wheel tax isn’t the answer to the schools’ budgetary woes. User fees on all non-academic extra-curricular activities would spread the cost among families who actually use the services.
It’s something to think about.
Sam and Beverly Prescott
312 E. Chesnut Hill Road
Townsend, TN 37882