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Good and Bad News for Chester Co. Taxpayers

By Joe Sullivan
By jsullivan@wbbjtv.com

CHESTER COUNTY, Tenn. - Homeowners in Chester County have some good news and some bad news. The good news is there will be no increase in the wheel tax. The bad news is a 35 cent property tax hike is about to be voted in.


"The wheel tax is too uncertain. We have about seven or eight out of county addresses coming into Chester County post office routes. Someone can go cross the lines and buy their tags, that's hard to enforce," said Dwain Seaton.


If approved, a person with a house worth $100,000 will now pay an additional $86 a year.


"I'm out of a job right now anyway and it's hard time for everybody, but like I said I don't think it should be done," said Chester County resident Eddie Bass.


According to the mayor, the $500,000 in lost revenue from the Chester County Nursing home is the reason for the property tax increase.


Thursday night ten of eighteen votes are needed to pass the property tax. Mayor Seaton predicted what would happen if the property tax was voted down.

"If this doesn't pass there is a good chance the state could come in and start running the county for us and then of course we probably have a bout $3 tax rate."


According to the proposed budget for 2012-2013 with the property tax increase, the county will generate $281,500 more dollars than this past budget year.


Mayor Seaton said it takes many dollars to operate the county. "We have cut about everything we feel like we can cut and I don't like it and people don't like it."