Blount considers wheel tax to help fund schools

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Residents in Blount County will vote next month on whether to institute a wheel tax in an effort to help fund public schools.

The County Commission voted 13-6 this month to hold a special election on the controversial issue on June 11.

The Daily Times reports the action comes as an effort to help fill a hole in the county school system's proposed budget for the 2013-14 year.

Blount County Director of Schools Rob Britt told commissioners that revenue from a wheel tax would help, but officials still expect to be dealing with a shortfall.

Several members of the public spoke out in favor of and against the proposal.

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