The Blount County legislative delegation responded recently to the Blount County Commission’s Jan. 15 resolutions calling for local legislation on four matters.
On the commission’s request to authorize a referendum to allow the people of the county to vote on the unit system of road management, the delegation wrote that it supports the right of people to vote on the matter. It encouraged the commission to work to break the multiple complex issues contained in the proposal into distinct components that could be embodied in separate bills.
“The commission and the legislative delegation continue to work toward a resolution of those issues,” Commission Chairman Chris Green said.
The delegation affirmed its support of the request for the Legislature to authorize a 4 percent lodging tax on hotels, motels, and other such overnight accommodations in Blount County. Proceeds from the tax would be used to support tourism, county beautification projects, the county park, and to maintain covered bridges.
The delegation also affirmed its support of the request to furnish veterans having an honorable discharge with a pistol permit at no cost. The delegation said it would move forward on the lodging tax and pistol permit resolutions.
It said it will not pursue at this time legislation to allow the county commission to require cleanup of structures deemed to be a public nuisance.