our view: No new taxTaxes are part of life in the United States.
We are charged taxes on about everything we consume. Everything from vehicles to food generates taxes for the Town, the County, the state and the country.
Generally, when taxes are levied on consumers, an explanation focused on a need for the revenue those taxes would generate is provided in some form to validate the raising or creation of a new tax.
For example, when Knox County needed funds to build Hardin Valley Academy it increased the amount of Wheel Tax each vehicle owner paid in order to generate additional funds. When Knox County government needs more money to fund schools, police or other services it provides for its citizens, it raises Property Tax to generate revenue. The City of Knoxville does the same for its citizens.
The town of Farragut also levies taxes on its citizens, visitors and businesses. Those include beer taxes, liquor taxes, cable TV taxes and the list goes on. read more
guest view: Gov. Bill HaslamThe 108th General Assembly adjourned on April 19 finishing up its business for the first half of the two-year legislative session. In the spirit of efficient and effective government, this was the earliest the Legislature has adjourned since 1990, which is notable.
I am grateful for Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey’s, R-Blount-ville, and House Speaker Beth Harwell’s, R-Nashville, leadership and appreciate Majority Leaders Mark Norris, R-Collierville, and Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, for guiding our legislative proposals through the process.
Through working together with the House and Senate, we accomplished a lot this year.
Legislators overwhelmingly approved our balanced budget proposal that includes a continued focus on strategic education investments and continues to cut taxes. read more