Smith County Commissioners Ponder Tax Hike

On Monday, Smith County Commissioners worked on next year's budget... a proposal that calls for a tax increase.

Nothing has been agreed to yet, as commissioners are split as to parts of the budget that are priorities... including additional pay for sheriff's deputies, and some new positions.

In today's court, the Smith County Association of Taxpayers presented research that suggests commissioners have some control over budget items dealing with juvenile justice. Commissioners said they weren't aware they had that control.

A proposed tax increase would mean a 14 percent hike in the average homeowner's bill. Commissioner's will be back at one o'clock Tuesday afternoon.