Property taxes are officially going up in the City of Knoxville — and they tried to tell residents about it.
The Knoxville City Council this week approved increasing property taxes by just under the amount that would have required a Truth in Taxation Hearing — 4.99%. They will be asking for $334,000 in property tax money from city residents. Most of the increase, City Clerk Charlie Gruner says, will be to help pay for electricity for the city’s street lights — something that’s been discussed at length in recent months.
And while there was some opposition to that initiative, Gruner says that wasn’t necessarily the problem. He says the city tried to have public hearings on the matter, and virtually no one showed up outside of three people. Aldermen, Gruner says, want to be as open and transparent with the public as possible, and they’re genuine in wanting public feedback.
So Gruner says aldermen will try using the city’s All-Call Emergency Warning System in the future in order to notify residents of any major issues the city council wants input on.