POSTED: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 6:37pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 9:53am
Smith County-- With a tight budget, Smith County taxpayers could soon be out more money in property taxes.
The Courthouse Annex had a packed house this morning as taxpayers went downtown to voice concerns to elected officials about the proposed tax increase. Commissioners say with a $7 million gap, there's no way around it.
The average home in Smith County is valued at $135,000. The proposed $.04 tax increase would equal $55 a year for that homeowner.
Several taxpayers gave their opinions. One man complains that the public hearings for the tax increase are during the day, when most of the working class cannot attend. Another man says there should be a sales tax instead of a property tax.
Commissioner Joann Hampton says, "It (the hearing) was well-received. I think it went really well. Everyone got up and gave their opinions. The court will listen to those opinions, and it will help us make our decisions."