Smyth County Residents Be Aware!!
Each man, woman, and child in the county will OWE County Government
if they finance all the proposed expenditures of $100,000,000 ($100 million)
Property tax rates will increase by at least $.07 per $100 or 10%.
County debt creates a real cost for property owners:$70 to $350 or more per year, depending upon the property assessed value. This is according to the consultants that the County hired to study the County financial status and impact to the residents. We have copies of the report. The yearly debt payments of up to nearly $4,000,000 will continue beyond the year 2043, even if the county doesn’t take more debt in later years.
What makes up the debt?
Over the last year, the County Board of Supervisors has voted “YES” to spending money we do not have, and need a HUGE loan. Plus, they are considering spending MORE!
· Courthouse expansion =$25,000,000 (MUST borrow) Approved in 2010
· New Marion School Campus =$25,000,000 Under consideration NOW
· New water processing facility*=$50,000,000 Proposed
*In northern part of the county to supply Tazewell residents with Smyth County water.
The Board of Supervisors also voted approval to:
· Increased property tax rates by 10%
· Increased machinery taxes
· Increased permit fees, including adding fees to church groups
· AND (to add insult to injury,) increase their own salaries!**
** After Roscoe Call stated that they were “doing the citizens a favor” by coming to county meetings. Since when? Didn’t they volunteer?
Soon they will vote on whether or not to take the new debt and the additional tax increases for the new debt (the $.07 per $100.) If the county takes on this new debt, it will not be paid off until years after our grammar school age children are holding their grandchildren! Let’s hope they don’t need even MORE loans during the next 40 years.
When did YOU get a pay raise? Have your utility bills gone down? Property taxes gone down? Gas prices gone down? Groceries or household supplies gone down?
YOU can make a difference!!! Just a phone call!!
It’s hard to influence Washington DC, but local representatives need your input.
PLEASE TELL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE “NO MORE TAXES or DEBT!!”
There is a proposed Public Hearing August 9th at 6:00 PM for input on the new school funding. Check the paper for the final date and time. It MUST be advertised by law.
By the way, there are 4 Board of Supervisors positions up for election this fall. Interested in running? Let us know. If they won’t listen, use your sovereign strength and VOTE! Better yet, run against them. Let’s CHANGE the tax and spend direction!
Please call your representative to express your opinion about incurring more debt or increasing costs to residents in any way. Their phone number is public for a reason; they need your input in order to make financially good decisions about how to spend YOUR money.