Information from WYSH Radio
The Roane County Commission approved a property tax rate increase at its meeting Monday night by a vote of 8-6.
Property taxes will go up by about 30 cents per $100 of assessed value. The increase was needed to support the fiscal budget.
Commissioners approved the countyâ€™s budget back in July. Twenty-two cents of the tax increase will go toward the county schools.Â County Executive Ron Woody said commission members knew the schools needed the money.
Approval of the property tax comes after months of waiting for the state to finish its assessments after the state comptrollerâ€™s office took over for the Roane County Assessorâ€™s Office.
BBB-TV owner Ron Berry was elected commission chairman on Monday, and Harrimanâ€™s Randy Ellis was elected to his fifth term as vice chairman.