Signal Mountain Town Council Balks At Final Approval Of 21.5% Tax Hike; Revisits Issue Of Selling Water System

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

In a four-hour meeting on Monday night, the Signal Mountain Town Council balked at approving a 21.5 percent property tax increase on second and final reading.

Instead, the council directed City Manager Boyd Veal to rework the budget.

A large number of citizens at the meeting spoke against the large tax hike.

The council also spent a lengthy time revisiting the issue of whether the town should keep operating a water system or sell it.

The council had recently voted to continue operating it.

More to follow. . .


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