Jefferson County residents want secession, community moved to Sevier County

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Residents in one rural area of Jefferson County are pleading to join Sevier County and leave their current county boundaries. 

“We are asking for them to approve us seceding our portion of the county, south of Douglas Lake, seceding and changing the boundary and becoming Sevier County,” said Steve McSmith, a resident of the area known as Parrott’s Chapel.

The Jefferson County Commission moved a vote that would put the question on the table from Monday night to March 19. 

“I don’t blame the resident in the Parrott’s Chapel area for being upset,” said Jefferson County Mayor Alan Palmieri. 

Palmieri spoke on the group’s behalf once again Monday night during the County Commission, meeting asking for the right funding to fix roads, support EMS services, and keep this community as part of Jefferson County. 

“All those issues revolve, at least in some part, on the roads. Which are abonmidable.” said McSmith. 

McSmith says he and over 100 others have been working to get the commission to vote on the issue since August 2017. At first, they asked for a vote for every commissioner to perform their due diligence. 

Many commissioners have opposed the option for the community to leave county lines based on what it would cost in lost taxes. 

Palmieri says by leaving, the area would cost nearly $1 million, but would still be cheaper than rebuilding infrastructure in the area.

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