webSeymourIncorporatedWhen Seymour residents take a look around their community, there can be a staggering realization that something is missing.

Without a community center, public parks, real infrastructure, or local control, in many ways Seymour seems to have been given the short end of the stick.

And in nearly every other direction, cities like Knoxville, Sevierville, and Maryville have all of these amenities and more. The difference is just this: these areas with amenities are municipalities and Seymour is not.

As an unincorporated area, Seymour is largely at the mercy of county government.

A solution to this problem was sought in 1998 when a push to incorporate Seymour was made. However, this effort was defeated because not enough petition signatures were gained to get the measure put on the ballot.

The main obstacle for this was many residents were misinformed and believed their property taxes would greatly increase.

But the fact of the matter is with an average monthly property tax of about $17 a month, an incorporated Seymour would collect enough to use solely for its own benefit rather than what the county deemed worthy to hand out.

So with Knox County only three miles away from Seymour, there is a danger of real property tax increases if incorporation isn’t successful.

The $17 monthly proposed tax would be about $67 a month under Knox County. That’s an average of about $50 more every month compared to the proposed Seymour rate. Annually, that’s a $600 difference. Plus Seymour would once again have no control over itself.

A lack of planning and preparation caused misinformation about unrealistic tax increases and eventually became the reason the 1998 incorporation attempt failed.

But now with the local buzz to incorporate growing almost as quickly as the Seymour community itself, this time a strong organization is behind the effort. Loaded with parents, business owners, and community leaders, the movement to incorporate Seymour is mounting.

The cumulative result of the recent incorporation movement will officially take off Jan. 9 with a process and organizational meeting to be held at the Seymour Branch Library beginning at 7 p.m.

Community participation is highly encouraged for those who want to learn more about the benefits and process of incorporation as well as discover how to debunk some of the myths commonly associated with this method of progress.

For more information or to get involved e-mail [email protected]

2 Comments

  1. Colleen Shannon says:

    Joe, check out http://www.movoto.com/blog/top-ten/best-places-in-tennessee/. It lists Seymour as the 18th best place in TN to live, the top listing in Sevier County. I saw an article in the News-Sentinel alerting me to this. Seymour is one of only two (behind Farragut) in Metro Knoxville. This should add fuel to the fire for incorporation.

    Keep up the good work. i just subscribed to home delivery so I won’t miss any of your articles.

    Colleen

    • Thanks Colleen, all the support and positive information will greatly benefit the new city of Seymour.

      Hope to see you at the Seymour Public Library Jan 9th at 7pm.
      Joe

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