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Smyrna Residents Win Property Tax Battle

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by Emily Luxen

SMYRNA, Tenn. – The Smyrna Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a 15-cent property tax increase instead of the initial 46 percent property tax increase proposed.

Smyrna residents were opposed to the tax increase and argued the original increase was too steep. They suggested city leaders needed to find ways to manage the city's money better.

Those opposing the increase packed into Town Hall Chambers and came wearing shirts stating their position. Of the 18 people who addressed the council, only two supported the original increase.

After listening to about an hour of public comments, councilman Paul Johns proposed reducing the property tax increase to 15 cents.

He argued this would still generate $1.5 million additionally for the city, but would put less of a burden on residents. Opponents applauded the decision.

The increase comes out to about $4 to $5 a month for an average home in Smyrna.

It will go into effect July 1st.

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