Knox County budget faces final hearing, vote tonight

By Stephen Betts | Dec 05, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts The final public hearing on the proposed 2020 Knox County budget is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. This photo is from a Knox County Commissioner meeting in October.

Rockland — The final public hearing and votes by the Knox County Budget Committee and Knox County Commissioners is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Knox County courthouse.

The Knox County Budget Committee gave its unanimous approval last month to a 2020 county budget of less than $12 million, which has been whittled down about $45,000 since it was first submitted.

The budget will require about $400,000 more in property taxes from the Knox County communities compared to the 2019 budget.

Comments (3)
Posted by: James Clinton Leach | Dec 05, 2019 16:40

Increase the property tax once again...everyone is effected by this , so much for affordable housing , you own a home or rent an apartment ...Look for rents to rise again in 2020...

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Nov 10, 2019 10:40

Dale I say younger because I believe the younger generation has a better understanding of how to pinch pennies.  They are generally working in low paying jobs and paying high rents.  Many also are burdened with college debt.  The current "older" commissioners and board members are much more comfortable financially, better paying jobs their house is paid, family grown and are from the generation that wants more public services.  In the U.S. congress, our new representative from New York Cortez was a struggling waitress before being elected to congress.  Now she is stirring things up because she knows the pain of "just getting by" .  Then you have house speaker Nancy Pelosi who is worth over $100 million and who could care less what the dancing peasants want.  As far as the sitting committee is concerned, yes you are correct, anyone who speaks up against their ever increasing budgets is just wasting their breath.

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Nov 09, 2019 10:59

Ladies & gentleman there's still time to reduce the budget by $400,000 and make it neutral for the coming year. Evidently my comments at the first public hearing must have fallen on deff ears.  Taxpayers cannot continue to carry this ever increasing burden.  It is possible to deliver a budget that provides services within our limits, it just takes a little more work.  If this exceeds your expertise then kindly step aside and let someone younger take the reigns.

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