Jellico alderman: Mayor missed meeting to fix budget mistake

Jellico alderman: Mayor missed meeting to fix budget mistake

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The city's aldermen and mayor passed a budget last week, skirting a deadline to keep control of the city from the state comptroller's office. The city's aldermen and mayor passed a budget last week, skirting a deadline to keep control of the city from the state comptroller's office.

JELLICO (WATE) – Jellico's mayor missed a meeting on Tuesday that he called to fix a budget mistake, according to city alderman Alvin Evans. 

The city's aldermen and mayor passed a budget last week, skirting a deadline to keep control of the city from the state comptroller's office. 

In a letter sent in June to the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson threatened to pass a budget and levy a tax if Jellico's leaders didn't by July 1.

The state also asked city leaders to considering reducing some of Jellico's $160,000 deficit by raising property taxes above its current $1.15 per $100 of assessed value. 

Jellico's leaders not only failed to increase taxes, but also accidentally erased the entire $1.15 tax levy. 

The next meeting will be Friday. 

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