Tax increase requested


After a presentation by Supt. Scott Coefield, the Oneonta City Board of Education adopted a resolution requesting an additional 5 mills in ad valorem taxes.

The increase in ad valorem taxes, more commonly known as property taxes, would result in an additional $50 per year on property valued at $100,000. The formal request was aproved by the Blount County Commission at a special called meeting on Oct. 30.

Coefield’s presentation, which took place in the Eris Horton Auditorium, was the first of three scheduled information sessions. Other presentations will be held on Nov. 19 and Dec. 13.

In other business, the board hired two people for the Child Nutrition Program. Rachael Jimmerson was hired as a full-time employee while Becky Kaa was hired as a part-time employee.

The board also approved Steve Gunn and Austin Owens as non-paid volunteer coaches.

The board discussed the possible purchase of a full-sized handicap bus but, at the request of Coefield, decided to wait till November to take action.

The board approved non-resident applications for the high school, guidelines for driver education, and a facility use request by the cheerleaders for clinic and tryouts.

Present at the Oct. 29 meeting were board members Don Maples, Kitty Cheek, Ricky Hicks, and Jimmy Stewart. Board member Geoff Smith did not attend.

The board approved changing the start time of the next meeting (Nov. 19) to 5:30 p.m.