Could Knox County Do Away With the Wheel Tax

By: Liz Tedon
By: Liz Tedon

Knoxville (WVLT) - With high gas prices and a struggling housing market, Knox County Commissioners are discussing possibly doing away with the wheel tax.

WVLT Volunteer TV'z Liz Tedone has the details.

The idea was talked about in a recent meeting between commissioners. The Knox County wheel tax makes up for 12 million dollars in revenue. Commissioner Greg Lambert says at one point he was an opponent of the wheel tax, but now it's not that easy to take that money out of the budget.

"Of course we are in the middle of a budget year, and that money is committed for a certain amount of time. We've already made obligations for it," Knox County Commissioner Greg Lambert said.

Several road and school projects, including the renovations at Powell Middle School have been paid for with the county's wheel tax money. The commission will make plans to address the issue after new members have been put in place. The projected date for a new commission is January.

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  • by ray Location: south knoxville on Nov 14, 2007 at 09:01 AM
    I am very much in favor of a roll back of the wheel tax. I feel this was a pet project of the county mayor to benefit a certain section of the county. I have talked with others and they agree we could stand for a 5 dollar or even 10 dollar increase in the wheel tax, but why did it have to be 20 dollars? The full increase allowed by the state. The wheel tax hurts poor people that have to drive their cars. Increase the property tax and let some the county mayor's section of town pay for their pet projects.
  • by chris on Nov 14, 2007 at 06:03 AM
    That tax was forced on the citizens. There was strong opposition to the tax. The elected officials went with it anyway. Then we have the mess with the p-cards and misuse of public money. So do away with the wheel tax.That is extra money that won't tempt the people in charge. This could be "taxation without representation".


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