POSTED: Friday, August 13, 2010 - 5:38pm
UPDATED: Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 10:54pm
Tyler-- Smith County and Tyler Junior College both recently proposed taxes increases. This means Tyler property owners could be facing more than $100 extra each year.
Today, Grassroots members met to discuss the taxes. Tyler property owner, Jann Allison, says, "I don't think they should raise taxes. There has to be other ways to do it." She and other taxpayers gain insight at the Grassroots meeting today.
Smith County Commissioner Jeff Warr updates the crowd on the Smith County budget. Warr says,"We want to cut everything we can possibly cut out of the budget before we ask for a tax increase."
However, taxes are not settling well with many citizens, especially when they are hit twice. Tyler Junior College Board of Trustees wants a 33% increase in property taxes. Former TJC Board Member Anna Snyder encourages the crowd to represent Grassroots at the next public hearing. She says, "Come and sit behind me in an $8 million building and just stare at them."
Several stood up in their commitment to attend the public hearing held at Tyler Junior College on Thursday. There will be public hearing for the Smith County budget this coming Tuesday.