Property tax hike being considered by commissioners

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - By Morgan Chesky - bio | email | Twitter

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It is an issue creating controversy on the Smith County Commissioners Court. Tuesday, taxpayers got their last chance to share their thoughts on a proposed 2011 property tax hike and did not hold anything back.

"If you keep raising taxes you're not going to have people here to pay them," said one resident.

"We're taking notes, and those who raise our taxes in this climate will not be reelected," said another East Texan.

They were strong words from the podium Tuesday morning as Smith County residents voiced their opposition to tax increases for 2011. To make up lost revenue, Smith County is looking to increase the current property tax rate from just under $.29 to $.33.

"We now have a government that is thinking it exists to do as it pleases, 'We do not exist to serve them. They exist to serve us,' and we're saying no," said Tammy Blair, Tyler TEA Party chair. "It's not intended to be a threat it's informational for them. They can't sit there and do whatever they want anymore and think that nobody's watching."

The tax debate continues in a public meeting on the proposed budget for the upcoming year.

The court must make a decision on a budget by August 31st before the new fiscal year begins October 1st.

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