Group wants Montgomery Co. citizens to decide on property taxes - WSMV News 4

Group wants Montgomery Co. citizens to decide on property taxes

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A local group says residents should have the power to decide how much their property taxes should go up, instead of allowing the local county government to make that decision.

The Common Sense Coalition is circulating a petition that could change the very basics of government in Montgomery County.

Two Tennessee counties have already approved home-rule charter amendments, and now some in Montgomery County are trying to get enough signatures to change its county laws.

Bryan Boyd, with Common Sense Coalition, is in a race against time. While most people seem to like his petition, it is hard to find time enough to get to enough signatures.

"We feel it is the citizen's right to vote on a property tax increase," Boyd said. "That's what it comes down to."

More than 1,000 people have signed the petition. But it's not enough. They must get 3,500 people to sign it to put it on the ballot.

And then the voters would decide whether to adopt it.

And since the coalition members have full-time jobs, and the deadline to get it on the ballot is Jan. 6, the race is tight.

County Mayor Carolyn Bowers thinks it's a terrible idea. She says some government expenses, like new schools and police, aren't profitable but essential and costly.

"I think they better worry about the quality," she said.

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