Last Tuesday, Blount Countians overwhelmingly approved the renewal of 9 mills of property tax designated for both the Blount County and Oneonta City school systems. These 9 mills have been collected since 1937 and form the foundational support for both systems.
All property taxes up for renewal in both districts passed with 87 percent voting in support of the renewal and 13 percent against. Every 25 years, Blount County voters have to vote on the renewal of the ad valorem taxes, which are a 3 mill district tax, a 2 mill county-wide tax, and a 4 mill county-wide tax. These mills were previously renewed in 1972 and again in 1995.
“We are good stewards of your money,” Blount County Schools Superintendent Rodney Green said. “Every dollar is spent to meet the needs of our students, your children, your grandchildren.”
The local funds received through these ad valorem taxes pay for teaching units not covered through state funds. They cover teaching units such as music, art, and STEAM. They cover instructional assistants, nurses, and maintenance as well as every extracurricular activity, supplement, and sports.
“I am grateful to the citizens who voted to support the tax renewal for both Blount County and Oneonta City school systems,” Oneonta City Schools Superintendent Daniel Smith said. “The positive outcome of this election will help support the present and future for the children and all citizens of our city and county.”