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CLINTON—After rejecting a few other proposals, Anderson County commissioners on Monday approved a 10-cent property tax rate increase to fund 2 percent pay raises for county employees and school teachers and staff.
The vote for the tax rate increase was 9-5-1.
Eight cents of the 10-cent increase is for Anderson County Schools, and the other two cents will cover the pay raise for county employees, with the exception of elected officials and county commissioners.
Earlier in the five-hour meeting, commissioners rejected proposals to:
- raise the property tax rate by 10 cents for a 2 percent pay raise for the schools,
- raise the tax rate by 5 cents for a 1 percent raise,
- approve the school budget as submitted with no tax increase,
- raise the property tax rate by 7.5 cents for the schools, and
- use $1.7 million from the fund balance for a one-time bonus for schools in Anderson County, Oak Ridge, and Clinton.
Teachers said they haven’t had a pay raise since 2012, and they last received a bonus in 2013 and that was $200. They have said all the surrounding school districts except Campbell County pay more, and they want to be able to recruit and retain good teachers—and not be a training ground for other districts. [Read more…]