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The Commission elects a chairman and vice-chairman annually, and adopts its own rules and procedures. The Commission has authority to:

  • Adopt ordinances, emergency ordinances, and resolutions governing the operation of government or to regulate the conduct and affairs of the residents of Knox County.
  • Create executive departments and divisions within the executive departments upon recommendation of the County Mayor.
  • Establish special districts and provide for assessments and tax levies on real and personal property or privileges for the purpose of providing services not generally available to citizens countywide.
  • Review and may alter the budget recommended by the County Mayor, adopt the budget, and set the county property tax rate.
  • Approve the issuance of bonds or other indebtedness to finance county capital improvements projects.
  • Approve subdivision roads that are built to standard, the sale of county property, and condemnation of property for public welfare.
  • Consider and approve comprehensive general and specific plans and zoning ordinances, prepared by the Metropolitan Planning Commission, and building regulations.
  • Adopt other ordinances and resolutions that promote the public welfare.
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County Commission

City County Building
Suite 603
400 Main Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

Phone: 865-215-2534
Fax: 865-215-2038
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Watch Meetings


Committee on Health and Economic Well-being