Knox Co. voters consider charter reforms

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Knox County voters considered two charter amendments Thursday that would allow for the recall of county officials and make it easier to put amendments on the ballot.

The reforms stem from a state Supreme Court decision in January 2007 upholding local term limits. That ruling put a dozen veteran officeholders out of a job and led to a subsequent court ruling invalidating the officeholders' replacements because they were appointed through backroom deal-making.

Thursday's election served as a general election locally for eight new county commissioners, the property assessor, county trustee, county clerk, register of deeds, county law director and sheriff.

Activists circulated petitions at the polls Thursday to put additional reforms on a future ballot that would ban nepotism in county offices and create an independent inspector general's office for the county.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by curious? Location: east Tennessee on Aug 7, 2008 at 07:13 PM
    Hey, Why are you continuing to present the charter as if it is a legitimate document?The Tennessee Supreme Court used the term "defacto" to describe the Knoxville Charter. If you look up the law term "defacto", you will find this means "illegal or "illegitimate", "...usurpation or without lawful title:...", "contrary to rightful, legitimate, just, or Constitutional" government, etc. So why would you put more amendments on a document already declared illegitimate? Defacto government is defined as "One which maintains itself by a display of force against the will of the rightful legal government and is successful, at least temporarily, in overturning the institutions of the rightful legal government by setting up its own in lieu thereof." Also, the wheel tax violates the Tennessee Constitution as well. Article XI of Tenn. Const. says only taxes conforming to the Tenn. Const. are legite and the Wheel tax is not based on assessed value of the property in question (i.e., the car). So?

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