Van Buren County wheel tax fails, property tax may be only choice
By Kim Swindell Wood | February 9, 2019 7:21 am
The people of Van Buren County have spoken. The Wheel Tax Referendum failed. Myself and the county commission more than respect the right for people to vote. That is what our veterans fought and died for.
There has been so much said about the wheel tax. One that is most disturbing are a few, and one or two who do not even live in this county let alone own property in Van Buren, that told people there would be a property tax increase on top of the wheel tax. That is not true. It has never been talked about to my knowledge. In essence, the vote against the wheel tax was more of a vote for a possible property tax. This will have a drastic effect on property owners, but our farmers will take the brunt of this, and that is not right.
I hate taxes. But, in order to run the jail, which the inmate population has grown 40 percent in the last few months, it is imperative. And, the law of the state of Tennessee is and always has been that we fund the Van Buren County Jail.
I have been asked many times today [Feb. 8], “Will there be a property tax increase?” I can’t say there will be or will not be, but, after yesterday’s [Feb. 7] vote, the chances have gone up drastically. Please keep this in mind, we were not going to raise taxes if the wheel tax passed, no matter what you were told.
Greg Wilson, Van Buren County executive