Van Buren County wheel tax fails, property tax may be only choice

By | February 9, 2019 7:21 am

Dear SpartaLive,

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

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  1. Comment by Nancy Beck

    March 2, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    In response to the Mayor’s comments regarding his and the Board of Commissioners belief of people’s right to vote and especially the comment that is what our veterans fought and died for, I would ask the same question one of the people attending the February Board of Commissioners meeting asked and got shut down without a response. The question is and was if what he just said in this comment and his comment at the meeting is really what they feel then why did they try to stop the special voting by filing a law suit to stop the special voting and also why did they not put the Wheel Tax on the ballot to start with instead of costing the county an additional $15,000 plus for special voting sessions by the voters. Yes, the voters spoke and that is our right!

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