Lincoln Budget Committee Approves New Tax Hike Proposals

FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn.(WHNT)  The Lincoln County budget committee passed resolutions to raise property tax and increase the wheel tax during their meeting Friday evening.

The meeting only last about ten minutes, enough time though for the board to approve resolutions for new tax hikes that many people say are ridiculous.

Board members who voted in favor of the resolutions that amount to a property tax hike levy of 20 cents bringing the tax rate to $1.9918.   The board also approved a 50 dollar “wheel tax” Commissioner Donny Ogel said the county budget is in bad shape and they desperately need this money to keep funding basic services.

“I think the general public expects us to do some things, but do it as efficiency as we can, I think that is what we have done,” Ogel said.

Dozens of people upset over the board’s decision to continue to try passing tax hikes say they are working to get board members who voted in favor of those tax increases removed from their elected positions.

“I think we are going to stay after this we are going to give up, we are going to try to straight something out,” Bill King told WHNT News 19 following the brief meeting where no one in the crowd was allowed to speak.

Officials say the next step will be for the full board of commissioners to debate the budget committee’s proposal.

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