Carter County budget committee approves tax hike

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) -- The Carter County Commission's budget committee is recommending a nearly 12-cent increase in the county property tax rate.

The Johnson City Press reported the committee voted 4-3 on Thursday to send the full commission its recommendation to hike the tax rate by 11.8 cents to a new total of $2.27 per $100 assessed property value. If passed, 7.8 cents would go to public education and 4 cents would be applied to debt service.

The school system is seeking an additional $431,000 because of declining state and federal revenue and increased mandated expenses.

After the committee meeting, Assistant Schools Directors Kevin Ward said he was happy with the outcome and hoped the full commission will adopt the recommendation.

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