Legislative Priorities - Knox County


Legislative Priorities - Knox County

Postby John Schoonmaker on Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:26 am


The Legislative Affairs Committee met on January 8, 2020. The following items were approved by the committee to be discussed with the Knoxville Legislative Delegation on January 17. The following 3 bills are already filed:
1) HB1193 (Wright) / SB1126 (Briggs) Sales Tax Administration Fee - reduction of the local option sales tax fee from 1.125% to 0.5%.
2) HB0229 (Crawford) / SB0249 (Lundberg) Restoration of the Register of Deeds commission from 2.4% to 5%.
3) HB9 (Staples) / SB9 (Briggs) Smoking on grounds of a playground - any county or city can prohibit smoking on playgrounds owned or operated by a local govt.

The following 3 items have not been filed yet:
4) Single Article Sales Tax Proposal - currently counties receive local option sales tax on the first $1600. of a major purchase. The change would allow local option sales tax to be collected on the first $3400. The consumer would see no increase in taxes to purchase the item. An example will be distributed by email to you.
5) Proposed Platform Language on Property Taxes - urge the General Assembly to preserve the system of laws and rules which do not disadvantage residential and farm property owners. Large commercial and industrial taxpayers have the resources to pursue remedies to reduce their tax liability thus shifting the tax burden to residential and farm property owners.
6) Develop a funding mechanism for the housing and healthcare costs of maintaining a state prisoner in our county jails.

John Schoonmaker
Chairman - Legislative Affairs Committee
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Re: Legislative Priorities - Knox County

Postby Larsen Jay on Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:28 pm

I would like to add the following items to the list of priorities to consider:

- Consideration for the State to authorize and fund a new mental health facility in Knox County. This will help address many regional mental illness needs and alleviate Knox County jail overcrowding.

- Restoration of operational funding of the Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center (BHUCC).
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