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Bedford County Commission Withdraws TAX HIKE
Potential Lawsuit Thwarted


Shelbyville NOW has new information regarding the Bedford County Adequate Facilities Tax Hike that passed by a vote of 14-3 on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.   The hike would have increased the tax rate from $1.00 per square foot to $1.33 per square foot.    Since that meeting,  there have been legal maneuvers to challenge this tax hike and the process by which it was passed.  
It is our understanding that after a potential lawsuit contesting the legality of  Bedford County Commissioner's actions,  the action will be withdrawn completely.
   
What was illegal about the Commissioner's actions?

1. Bedford County 10 year growth did not meet the required 20% increase.

2. Bedford County 4 year incremental growth was less than the required 9% increase in population.

3. No valid capital improvement plan was in place to showcase the use of the increase requested.

4. No mandatory second reading was allowed as mandated by state law.

In edition,  there was no public comment period allowed at the monthly Commission meeting.    There were no suspension of rules to allow for public comment and an effort by a few of the Commissioners to postpone the vote for further study was not allowed.   

It is worthy to note that the three commissioners voting against the proposal were Commissioners  Jeff Sweeney, Anita Epperson and Bill Anderson.

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