Rhea County Slams Brakes On Wheel Tax - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Rhea County Slams Brakes On Wheel Tax

Posted: Updated:

Rhea County (WRCB) - Rhea County commissioners put the brakes on the wheel tax.  Cheers erupted from the audience when commissioners kicked the tax to the curb in a 5-3 vote.  Other residents say this means it's only a matter of time before a property tax is levied.  Commissioners say only 42 percent of Rhea County residents own property.  It's why some believe the wheel tax is fair.

Commissioner Bill Hollin says, "We got people in housing projects who fill the schools and got two cars but they go scott free on the property taxes."

Resident Ralph Everett says, "I don't own a whole lotta property but if they pass the tax it'll kill me, I'm on a fixed income."

The 48 dollar wheel tax was slated to pay for the high school and a new justice center.  The commission amended the resolution to support only construction of a new high school with a price tag of 35 million dollars.  Some commissioners say it's only a matter of time before a property tax hike will be needed to cover that cost.

Powered by Frankly