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Vote for sales tax hike urged

Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Mayor John Ed Underwood

Mayor John Ed Underwood

By John Ed Underwood, Fayetteville Mayor

As we all are aware, this is a big election year for our nation, state and even more for our Fayetteville community. This is why I would like to encourage all of you who are registered voters to take time this year to exercise your right to vote. If you are not registered, there’s still time.

If you are one of the 2,600 property owners here in Fayetteville I especially ask you to vote this year in order to keep our great city from getting in the financial trouble many other communities are experiencing all over this nation.

For the past 25 years, the city of Fayetteville has only raised property taxes two times. The reason that these two increases were needed came about when the State of Tennessee did a re-assessment of property for the whole county. The past two years the city board has asked all department directors to cut those items that would not hurt their daily operation for the citizens out of their budget requests. They accomplished this for the past two budget years with a decrease to the city’s overall budget of 27-percent. This saved us all from a raise in property taxes.

We all can see that our city streets and sidewalks are in need of repair. The trucks that pick up our garbage, refuse and other items need to be replaced, as do some police and fire equipment. These are reasons I ask you, the city voter, to consider the future needs that our city requires to keep the services we all need daily.

I would ask each of you to vote for a local sales tax increase of one-quarter-of-one percent. Our present local sales tax is two-and-one-half percent and your vote would increase the sales tax to two-and-three-quarter percent. Yes, this will max out our local sales tax but it will help generate approximately five hundred and thirty thousand dollars a year more income for the city’s general fund.

What this means is that everyone who shops in the city will help raise these funds for improvements to the benefit of all our citizens without having to ask you, the property owner, for an increase of thirty-seven cents in property taxes. The one-quarter percent would mean .25-cents more on one hundred dollars spent.

Please make this request a consideration when you go to the polls to vote in this next election.