Commission approves 18-cent property tax increase

     The Bledsoe County Commission voted 8-4 in favor of raising property taxes 18-cents at a recessed meeting on Tuesday, August 6.

     Commissioner Matt Colvard made the motion to accept the 18-cent tax increase, with an amendment that added back in money from previous 8-percent cuts in donations to charitable organizations such as Fire Departments and the Bledsoe County Rescue Squad.

     Voting for the raise were Commissioners Colvard, Brent Griffith, Craig Mercer, Tanya Roberson, Ronald Sapp, Roger Simmons, Johnny Mack Swafford, and Perry Swafford.

     Voting against the raise were Commissioners Tim Campbell, Junior Lee Hankins, Robert Reece, and Rooster Worthington. Commissioner Ruth Burton was absent.

     The move stops the fund balance from depleting by nearly a half-million dollars as the originally passed budget would have done—instead depleting it by around $150,000.

     For a full report of the meeting, see the August 15 issue of The Bledsonian-Banner

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