Roane Co. officials consider property tax increase for schools

Roane County officials consider property tax increase for schools

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KINGSTON (WATE) - Roane County Schools face a $1.5 million shortfall next year. School officials say without a tax increase, they will have to make some painful cuts.

An overflow crowd attended a meeting at the Roane County courthouse Monday, as officials considered a 14 cent property tax increase to make up the difference.

"If you're talking about $50 a year for a $100,000 house, it's a pack of smokes one time a month that people might have to give up," said teacher Chris Metcalfe.

Others questioned the property tax increase.

"If it's 14 cents this year, is it going to be 26 cents next year? When is it going to stop?" said Summer Hammock, a home school instructor and parent.

County commissioners will vote on the increase on July 8.

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