By Joe King, [email protected]

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. (The Herald/ Archived Photo)

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. (The Herald/ Archived Photo)

After attempting to help strive off the stagnate economy of South Knoxville that has been largely exacerbated by the extended closure of the Henley St., Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett went to Nashville to try and get some legislation put into action.

“It went about as well as expected,” he said. “There were a lot more questions than answers.”

Burchett said his specific intent of going to Nashville was to formulate some tax legislation to give area residents relief.

“They are going to try and push for a property tax relief, but that won’t do any good,” he said. “There are a lot of people who rent in that area.”

Instead, Burchett wants to see sales tax relief put into place.

TN State Senator Becky Duncan Massey. (The Herald/ Archived Photo)

TN State Senator Becky Duncan Massey. (The Herald/ Archived Photo)

“This will provide relief for businesses that are struggling in the area, but not any additional savings,” he said.

Burchett, who has a total of 16 years of experience in the Tennessee State Legislator, said the next step is to get the state representative and senator of the area involved.

The State Senator for the South Knoxville area is Becky Duncan Massey and the State Representative is Joe Armstrong, respectively.

“We have drafted two bills to keep options opened,” Massey said. “We may not be able to everything, but we will do everything we can. The problem is this area was depressed before the bridge construction began.”

Armstrong showed similar convection for helping the area through the two House versions of legislation Massey discussed.

“Our target is to help the employer who employees people in that area,” he said. “The question of property tax relief is we don’t want to property owner to get the relief and not pass it along to a leasing business owner.”

TN State Representative Joe Armstrong. (The Herald/ Archived Photo)

TN State Representative Joe Armstrong. (The Herald/ Archived Photo)

Until economic relief is given to South Knoxville Burchett is rallying for all area legislators to get behind him in his support for the community.

“I hope the rest of the delegation will join me,” Burchett said.  “Everybody is so cautious about this and I don’t understand why. Government has a bad habit of bending over backwards for big corporations and we can’t seem to do that for our locals.”

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