Montgomery County Tax Increase

Clarksville, TN – Commissioners in Montgomery County, TN have approved a 12-cent property tax increase but can't agree on a way to spend the new money. County commissioners voted 12-8 last night to increase the county's tax rate by 12 cents per $100 of assessed value. But District 4 Commissioner Benny Skinner says members were unable to reach a consensus on how to appropriate the $3.5 million. County spokeswoman Elizabeth Black says much of the disagreement stemmed from funding for charitable organizations. After commissioners voted down the appropriations package, Skinner moved to reconsider the tax hike. That motion was rejected as well. Black says commissioners hope to reconvene before their next meeting on August 3rd to work out the funding issues. Until then, agencies will continue operating with the same appropriations as last year's budget.