Seymour takes steps to incorporate

Seymour takes steps to incorporate

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The Sevier County community of Seymour met January 9 to discuss a possible plan to incorporate The Sevier County community of Seymour met January 9 to discuss a possible plan to incorporate
Community member, Patrick Doyle lead the presentation for Seymour incorporation Thursday night Community member, Patrick Doyle lead the presentation for Seymour incorporation Thursday night
In his presentation, Doyle showed a graphic containing stats from the state department on the population of Seymour, listing it 2nd behind Sevierville. Yet it's not incorporated In his presentation, Doyle showed a graphic containing stats from the state department on the population of Seymour, listing it 2nd behind Sevierville. Yet it's not incorporated

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

SEYMOUR (WATE) – The community of Seymour is taking the first steps to becoming incorporated.

It was a heated night at Seymour High School, as one community member outlined a plan to begin the process of incorporating Seymour.

Patrick Doyle is the man behind the "Incorporate Seymour" initiative, which would mean an independent government entity for Seymour.

"It may not lead to incorporation and I don't know if it should or shouldn't, but I do know there's a discussion that needs to be had about Seymour and how we fund our community's football field, we make sure our musical has the things we need. Really and truly it's not about us, it's about the legacy of what we leave behind for our kids," explained Patrick Doyle.

Doyle put together a slide show of what incorporation could bring and what it could cost.

In the slides, Doyle proposed property tax on a $160,000 piece of property would be about 15 to 17 dollars a month.

But Sevier County Commissioner Bill Oakes, who represents Seymour, stood up and questioned the information.

"I feel some of the information Patrick presented was factually incorrect," said Oakes after the presentation.

Many people shouted out distaste for any type of new taxes during the presentation.

Doyle said he received the data from the state.

"Maybe some of the facts up there are incorrect, maybe they're not. Have we made mistakes? Most likely yes. We're not experienced, we're not politicians, we're not government," said Doyle.

But Commissioner Oakes says there's a legal process for these kinds of things and it's not been followed.

"I think we need to start over, put a steering committee together, look at the requirements by the Toy Town law and proceed from there. We can't ask people if they're for or against something without knowing what we're asking them to do," Oakes said.

And many in the audience seemed to be against it.                         

"I don't like it. It's just a little quiet community and I just don't like changes," said Wanda Maples, a Seymour resident of more than 50 years.

But there was some interest, and for that reason, they plan to keep looking into the idea.

"It's a very volatile issue, it has been for years and it will continue to be, but I think there does need to be research," Oakes said.

For incorporation to take place, a vote would need to be held. Before a vote can take place a petition containing at least 33.3 percent of all register voters must be submitted to the Sevier County and Blount County Election Commissions by June 3.

Doyle says he will look into putting a steering committee together and hopes Oakes and the other commissioners will take part.

The next meeting will be February 13 at Seymour High School.

For a look at the slides presented tonight, go to the group's website IncorporateSeymour.com

 

 

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