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New proposed initiative in Smiths Station could affect wallets in the city

Smiths Station Mayor Bubba Copeland and city council members held a town hall at the Ruritan Community Center.
     They proposed a new .005 mill property tax.
"One thing we wanna do with the five mills first of all start investing in sewage, it involves getting our own building inspector. The city of Smiths Station we have enormous growth that's happening right now. We have no building inspector. We send all our building inspections to the county."- says Mayor Copeland.
     Bubba says when it comes to sewage, only about ten percent of residents have it.
     Meantime the other 90 are on septic tanks.
"We're responsible for keeping our lakes and rivers clean that go through our city. When you have a septic tank...especially a failing septic tank or a high water table...that can put waste into the water system. But what we have...we're a clear city, and we wanna keep that up...to keep getting people off septic tanks where we don't run into a problem in the future."- says Copeland.
 "Have we contacted any of the Senator Shelby or Representative Rogers for any of the grants for sewage at all? "- Concerned Citizen.
     City council members say the city isn't eligible for many grants because the immediate income for Smiths Station is too high.
     Other property tax concerns from residents include:
      "Not sure if the folks are aware this will not only be for your property...your house...but it's also gonna be on your automobile. How is that gonna affect...have anything to do with my automobile."- Concerned Citizen.
     City council members say your vehicle is considered personal property.
     They say, residents already pay a 41 mills property tax in that regard.
     They say, if the new tax were to pass an additional five mills would be added to that.


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