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Meeting held to discuss property tax increase in Rutherford County

Posted: Updated: June 17, 2013 10:25 PM
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

A public meeting was held Monday night to discuss a proposed property tax increase in Rutherford County for the 2013 to 2014 fiscal year.

The meeting was held at 7 p.m. in the county courthouse in Murfreesboro.

The Rutherford County Budget, Finance & Investment Committee is proposing a four percent property tax increase to help ease budget challenges.

Commissioner Joyce Ealy chairs the committee.

That tax increase aims to help ease some budget challenges that the county faces.

It would help pay for a $481 million spending plan, including the opening of a new high school and keeping the county's rainy day reserve fund at a healthy level.

It would also help pay for hiring 11 additional sheriff's deputies to be School Resource Officers, as well as new vehicles for the sheriff's office.

Out of the 50 or so residents that showed up at Monday's meeting, two got up to speak in support of a tax increase, citing specifically the help it would give to schools and hiring SROs.

"The issue here is taxes are very inefficient. When you raise taxes, it takes money out of the private sector," said one person who opposes the increase.

The 4 percent proposed tax increase would include residents of Smyrna, who were just hit with about a 20 percent increase.

Rutherford County commissioners will also meet at 9 a.m. June 28 in the courtroom of the Courthouse to approve the tax rate and spending plans.

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