Rain Tax 6
|This evening, 6/26/17, the Lenoir City council will
take the third and final vote on the controversial Rain Tax that will
impact every Lenoir City resident, business, church, nonprofit and
school. The tax was first billed as mandated but that is now known not
to be true.
Here are the facts:
The Rain Tax is not mandated by any branch of federal
or state government.
If council does pass the Rain Tax, it will be the single largest scam perpetrated on the city population ever. Many have asked what can be done to stop this crazy tax. The answer is simple, council needs to come to their senses and realize what damage they're going to be doing to to everyone. If that doesn't happen, next year, four of the six council seats will be up for re-election. City voters could replace those voting for the Rain Tax with others who would repeal this senseless tax.
In the mean time if the tax is passed, the law is very clear, backed up with the attorney general's opinion, that if the rain water that runs off your property doesn't enter the city's stormwater or flood control system, you would be exempt from paying the tax. Likewise, any business or other entity who retains and controls their rainwater runoff and it doesn't enter the city's stormwater or flood control system shall be provided adjustments of the tax. For some whose property is on the fringes of the city limits or along Hwy. 321 could request de-annexation from the city.
It truly is a mystery why city officials have decided to lay such a heavy burden on the very folks who make the city work. Not surprisingly, LCUB will be the largest contributor to the city's Rain Tax. Just another way to transfer utility money to the city?
The meeting will begin with a public hearing at 6:15 at city hall on Hwy. 321. This would be the time anyone wishing to comment on the tax, to address the council. The actual vote will take place after the formal meeting begins at 7:00.
This could be your last opportunity to let your opinion be known short of the 2018 election.