Wheel tax petition is circulating
By Paula WalterJohnson County commissioners recently addressed budget shortfalls in both the July and August 2012 monthly meetings. Over the past five years, both investment income and interest rates have tumbled, and the county lost more than $800,000 in revenue over the last four years. Johnson County was faced with making some difficult decisions.
After much discussion and debate, the commissioners approved both the first and second reading of a proposal to increase the county wheel tax by $10. A change in this tax required two readings and it was required to have a two-thirds majority to pass.
A petition has surfaced in the county as many Johnson Countians have expressed their concerns over the county commissioners making the decision to increase the wheel tax without input from the public. According to Robert Gentry, 464 signatures of registered voters will put the wheel tax increase proposal on the ballot for the 2012 Presidential Election in November.
According to election regulations, this number is determined based on ten percent of the number of people who voted in the 2010 election.
The ballot this year will have 12 names for both president and vice-president from candidates from the Republican and Democrat parties, the Constitution Party, the Green Party, along with those running on an independent ticket. In addition, voters will select from representatives for the United States Senate and House of Representatives, Tennessee Senate and House, along with any write ins. Should enough signatures be gathered to bring the wheel tax question to a vote, it will appear on the ballot.
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